IWA's Campaign Festival Wins Living Waterways Award29 September 2017
IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch won the Living Waterways award for Community and Volunteering at a ceremony held in Birmingham on 27th September. The accolade was awarded for the Branch's organisation of Eldonian Village Canal Festival (IWA's 2016 Campaign Festival) in June 2016. The event celebrated the bi-centenary of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and aimed to increase the number of boats and encourage investment in this stretch of the Liverpool Link whilst bringing local people to the canal.
Over 80 boats moored along the canal during the Festival weekend, local politicians were taken on a cruise to see the positive impact that improving the canal environment could have for their community, and over 20,000 people attended the festival. Children were able to get afloat on the free canoes provided by CRT whilst families queued to have a ride down the moorings on the free trip boat, funded by the Branch.
People from the local community got involved by helping with Canal Cleanups to improve the area ahead of the event, pupils from local schools learned about the history of canals and youngsters took part in angling taster sessions with the local angling club.
The Living Waterways Awards are managed by Canal & River Trust to celebrate the achievements of those who are working together to unlock the benefits of canals and rivers.
Organised by the IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch, the festival was supported by the Eldonian Housing Association, Liverpool Culture and Canal & River Trust.