Canal and River Trust
On Thursday 12 July 2012 The Waterways Trust in England &
Wales merged with the new charity, Canal & River Trust.
The new Trust was created earlier in July when Government
undertook the largest transfer of assests from the public sector to
the third sector.
The merger offers a very exciting future for our canals and
rivers. We have created a unique new national charity that will
help further our ambition of enriching lives through waterways.
The Canal & River Trust brings together over 2,000 miles of
historic canals, rivers and docks, three important waterways
museums, the national waterways collection and national waterway
The merger also means that the Canal & River Trust will be
able to draw on the pool of experience and expertise that we have
built over the past 13 years in partnership working, conservation,
marketing, fundraising, volunteering and education and
Our work to encourage people to use, discover, enjoy and care
for our canals and rivers in England & Wales will carry on
In Scotland the waterways will remain in public ownership. The
Waterways Trust is well established and has a very successful
programme. We will continue as a charity in Scotland, growing our
reach and influence focussing on the needs of Scotland's waterways,
working with British Waterways Scotland and its many stakeholders.
With the continuing support of British Waterways and other
partners, we will continue to deliver a wide range of benefits,
enriching people's lives through waterways.
Find out more about the Canal & River
£1bn funding agreed for Canal & River
out more about Scottish Canals