28th September 2012

Yesterday (27th September) the Canal & River Trust and The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Trust’s first Public Meeting, which was held at the canal-side Bond Warehouse in Birmingham. 

The agreement is designed to recognise the mutual interests of the two charitable organisations and establish areas of co-operation as well as outlining specific commitments and responsibilities.

Robin Evans, chief executive for the Canal & River Trust, said: “We already work closely with IWA and this agreement both formalises and acts as a catalyst to that relationship.  By working together and building on each other’s skills and experience we will make a greater impact on the waterways and peoples’ enjoyment of them than either of our organisations could have done alone.”

Clive Henderson, The Inland Waterways Association’s national chairman, said: "IWA sees that there are areas of shared interest with the Trust, where pooling our resources may help better engage with local communities to generate support from local people to care for and help maintain their local stretch of waterways, and hopefully open up new areas for fundraising".


Photo courtesy of Canal & River Trust

Notes to Editors

The Inland Waterways Association, which has about 17,000 members, was formed over 65 years ago to champion the preservation, restoration and revival of the inland waterways.  Its co-founder Robert Aickman was the first to propose a 'national conservancy' covering all the nation’s inland waterways.  IWA sees the Canal & River Trust, which was established in July 2012 to care for 2,000 miles of historic canals, rivers, docks and reservoirs in England and Wales, as a first step towards achieving this ambition.  IWA also manages the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation in Essex and undertakes activities as the Waterway Recovery Group, supporting and restoring canals and river navigations throughout the country.

The Canal & River Trust is among the largest charities in the UK, maintaining the nation’s third largest collection of Listed structures, as well as museums, archives, navigations and hundreds of important wildlife sites.

Both the Canal & River Trust and IWA believe that the nation’s canals and rivers are a national treasure and a local haven for people and wildlife. Both charities help care for this wonderful legacy – holding it in trust for the nation in perpetuity and giving people a greater role in the running of their local waterways