Press Releases

All the latest announcements from The Inland Waterways Association:

7th May 2020: IWA Calls for Joined-Up Plan To Stop Loss of Waterways Heritage

29th April 2020: Waterways Businesses Thrown a Lifeline but Still at Risk of Sinking

13th February 2020:  IWA will continue its campaign to protect the waterways from HS2

30th December 2019: Waterway Recovery Group Launches 2020 Canal Camps Programme

25th November 2019 - Give Back and Have Fun At IWA’s Christmas Canal Camp

18th November 2019 - New National Chairman at The Inland Waterways Association

12th November 2019 - Third and Final Family Camp for 2019 Voted a Success by Parents and Children Alike

11th November 2019 - The Value of Inland Waterways Report Launched

8th November 2019 - First IWA Silver Propeller Challenge has been completed by Minimal List

11th October 2019 - Festival of Water 2020 to be Held on Worcester & Birmingham Canal

30th September 2019 - Campaigns take centre stage at IWA's 60th AGM held in Stoke on Trent

19th September 2019 - Bridgwater Tidal Barrier Scheme - IWA concerned by Project Board refusal to reserve land to enable future lock construction

7th August 2019 - 2019 IWA Canal Camps Successfully Underway

July 2019 - IWA and River Thame Conservation Trust Balsam Bash Collects Flowers for Limited-Edition Himalayan Balsam Campfire Gin

July 2019 - Wey & Arun Canal Trust to host IWA National Trailboat Festival in 2020

8th July 2019 Essex Waterways Adds Third Trip Boat to Chelmer Cruises’ Operations

17th July 2019 - HMRC Announces Consultation on Demise of Red Diesel For Private Pleasure Craft

24th June 2019 - IWA Confirms two-day Canalway Cavalcade Celebration in 2020

18th June 2019 - Fun for all the Family on the Uttoxeter Canal

6th June 2019 - IWA Continues to Campaign for Increased Funding For Navigations Following Transfer Announcement

5th June 2019 - IWA Wholeheartedly Supports Canal & River Trust’s “Plastics Challenge”

29th May 2019 - Volunteers from IWA Waterway Recovery Group & River Waveney Trust Uncover Treasures at Geldeston Lock Restoration

29th May 2019 - IWA Restoration Hub Awarded National Lottery Heritage Fund ‘Resilient Heritage’ Grant

14th May 2019 - MPs Show Support at IWA Parliamentarian of the Year Reception

14th May 2019 - Andrew Bridgen MP Named IWA Parliamentarian of the Year 2019

14th May 2019 - IWA Launches £100,000 Waterways in Progress Grant

13th May 2019 - IWA launches Pull Snap Stomp Campaign as Part of Invasive Species Week

9th May 2019 - A Record 150 Boats Visited IWA Canalway Cavalcade 2019

10th April 2019 - IWA Launches Waterways in Progress report

5th April 2019 - IWA and Canal & River Trust Host Successful Canal Restoration Conference

14th March 2019 - IWA Launches Vision for London Report

26th February 2019 -  IWA’s Gaptracker Survey Identifies Boaters' Concerns About Basic Facilities

20th February 2019 - Langport River Project Celebrates Six-Figure Funding Win

13th February 2019 - Trailboat Festival Celebrates Bicentenary of the Lancaster Canal

28th January 2019 - Take a Walk Through the History of London's Canals

16th January 2019 - Welcome to London's Largest Waterside Festival IWA Canalway Cavalcade 2019

20th December 2018 - Feel Proud, Make a Difference and Leave Your Mark in 2019

22nd November 2018 - Joint Statement on UK’s use of Red Diesel by Private Leisure Craft

20th November 2018 - IWA Christmas Canal Camp in the Cotswolds

20th November 2018 - IWA Volunteer is Guest of Honour at Prince Charles' 70th Birthday Party

13th November 2018 - Reunion Weekend Sees Over 1,000 Hours of Restoration Work

8th November 2018 - IWA Considers Recent Licence Fee Announcements are Further Argument for Transfer of EA Navigations

29th August 2018 - 100 Boats Cruise to St Neots for IWA Festival of Water

24th August 2018 - IWA Campaign Cruise on the Old Bedford River

16th July 2018 - St Neots Welcomes IWA’s Festival of Water

3rd July 2018 - Position Statement on Scottish Canals

26th June 2018 - Places left on Waterway Recovery Group 2018 Family Camps

23rd May 2018 - IWA’s Gap Tracker to improve boaters’ facilities

10th May 2018 - Hottest IWA Canalway Cavalcade on Record

30th April 2018 - A New Attraction for Northampton

19th April 2018 - London’s Biggest Annual Canal Festival Returns to Little Venice

18th April 2018 - New Mosaic Nature Trail Opens on the Northampton Arm of the Grand Union Canal

21st March 2018 - All Party Group Discusses Waterway Issues

8th March 2018 - IWA Petitions on HS2 Phase 2a Over Noise Levels

7th March 2018 - Improved safety and better facilities win IWA support on Middle Levels

7th March 2018 - IWA Regards CRT Licensing Consultation Outcome as Missed Opportunity

7th March 2018 - IWA Announces Parliamentarian of the Year

1st February 2018 - Forth & Clyde Canal Closure

31st January 2018 - IWA Urges Further Talks on EA Transfer

8th January 2018 - Ely Moorings Success

13th December 2017 - WRG's 2018 Camps Programme Aims to See 950m of Canal Back in Water

10th October 2017 - New IWA Chairman Announced

4th October 2017 - Top local runners take part in Essex 10k

27th September 2017 - All Party Parliamentary Group for the Waterways Appoints New Chairman

31st August 2017 - IWA Objects to Sale of EA Moorings in Ely

31st August 2017 - Over 100 Boats Cruise to the Erewash Canal for IWA Festival of Water

2nd August 2017 - St Neots Announced as Location for 2018 IWA Festival of Water

1st August 2017 - Young volunteers out in force at first Waterway Recovery Group family Camp

10th July 2017 - Concern at Spread of Invasive Plant

30th June 2017 - Cross-Party Waterways Support at House of Commons Reception

5th May 2017 - Essex Waterways brings trip boat back to Chelmer & Blackwater

5th April 2017 - IWA announces £200,000 of grants to support waterways restoration

23rd March 2017 - IWA warns Scottish Canals over declining boat numbers

20th March 2017 - IWA responds to latest HS2 route consultation

13th March 2017 - Dodging the issue? Parliamentary answers fail to reassure IWA on EA waterway closures

26th January 2017 - Anglian Waterways Under Threat of Closure

10th January 2017 - David Suchet visits IWA stand London Boat Show

4th January 2017 - WRG Introduces Family Canal Camp into 2017 Programme

19th December 2016 - Surge in Living Afloat Stretches London's Resources

14th December 2016 - IWA Comments on Bridgwater Tidal Barrier Options

25th November 2016 - IWA Grant for Tractor on Stover Restoration

21st November 2016 - Waterways Campaigner Receives National Award

10th November 2016 - IWA Welcomes Public Inquiry into Boston Barrier

2nd November 2016 - IWA Declares Lord German Parliamentarian of the Year 2016

1st November 2016 - IWA’s National Campaign Festival Honoured with an Award

31st October 2016 - IWA Responds to Scottish Canals Pricing Consultation

27th October 2016 - IWA Welcomes Review of Licencing Fees

20th October 2016 - IWA Welcomes New Chairman for All Party Parliamentary Group for the Waterways

12th October 2016 - Waterways Triathlon has a 2nd Successful Year

7th October 2016 - IWA Raises Navigation Concerns in Boston Barrier Proposals

5th October 2016 - Aid unlocks HLF grant for Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals

5th September 2016 - Fun on the Curly Wyrley at IWA Festival of Water

2nd August 2016 - Ilkeston Announced as 2017 Festival of Water

15th July 2016 - Over 70 Boats take part in Olympic Park Cruise

15th July 2016 - IWA Manchester Branch Creates Edible Delights on the Ashton Canal

11th July 2016 - IWA Announces New Legacy Fund Open for Bids

5th July 2016 - New Vans for WRG in Time for Summer Canal Camps

16th June 2016 - IWA Festival of Water Comes to Pelsall

15th June 2016 - Eldonian Festival Delivers IWA Campaign Objectives

14th June 2016 - IWA Campaign Cruise to Spalding and Crowland Finally Goes Ahead

7th June 2016 - IWA campaigns for Bridgewater Canal licensing arrangements

4th May 2016 - IWA grant boosts work on Shrewsbury & Newport Canal

3rd May 2016 - IWA Directory reveals the condition of Britain’s 6,500 miles of inland waterways

21st April 2016 - BCN Clean Up clears 8 miles of Walsall Canal

25th February 2016 - HS2 Committee backs calls to protect historic canals

22nd February 2016 - EA Transfer Campaign Receives Welcome Boost

10th February 2016 - IWA to Help Deliver New Canal & River Trust Workboat Plan

5th February 2016 - IWA and CRT give evidence to HS2 (London - West Midlands) Select Committee

8th January 2016 - More volunteers to boost canal restoration projects in 2016

7th January 2016 - Liverpool event is IWA National Campaign Festival 2016

26th November 2015 - DEFRA Budget Cuts Spark Navigation Closure Fears - Transfer EA Waterways to Third Sector, says IWA

4th November 2015 - Richard Benyon Wins IWA Parliamentarian of the Year Award

14th October 2015 - IWA Himalayan Balsam Campaign Wins Award

5th October 2015 - Plastic bags levy – waterways campaigners seek retailer support for canal cleanups

17th September 2015 - Canals Campaigner Honoured in Central London

1st August 2015 - IWA Launches 2015 National Raffle to support Waterways Restoration Projects

16th June 2015 - Waterway Recovery Group Chairman, Mike Palmer, appointed an MBE in Queen's Birthday Honours List

15th June 2015 - IWA Issues Statement on Paddle Pawl Stops

27th May 2015 - IWA Develops Range of Resources to Help Tackle Invasive Species Himalayan Balsam

22nd May 2015 - IWA Lincolnshire Branch Campaign Cruise cancelled due to EA Lock Closure

30th March 2015 - IWA Waterways Triathlon 2015 Opens for Registration 

27th March 2015 - Root Out Himalayan Balsam This Summer - IWA Calls for Public’s Help to Stop the Invader

20th January 2015 - Popular Canals and Rivers win Restoration Funds in IWA Raffle

19th December 2014 - IWA Awards Grant of £15,000 to Chesterfield Canal Trust

18th November 2014 - Tiller Pin Trophy Handover to Northampton

12th November 2014 - IWA Welcomes Appointment of Welfare Officer

6th November 2014 - IWA Launches Winding Hole Specification

2nd October 2014 - Impact on Canal at Fradley Junction Greatly Reduced as Government Adopts Joint IWA/CRT Proposal to Change HS2 Route

26th September 2014 - Waterway Recovery Group Receives Commendation at Living Waterways Awards (WRG)

19th September 2014 - HS2 Select Committee visits Lichfield and Trent & Mersey Canals

12th September 2014 - Waterways Restoration Raffle Exceeds £5,000

12th September 2014 - IWA Welcomes Parliamentary Report on Canal & River Trust

28th August 2014 -  Saul Waterways Pageant 2014

19th August 2014 - Lifeboat Parade at Saul Waterways Pageant

18th August 2014 - Caldon Canal 40 Celebration at IWA AGM Weekend

18th August 2014 - Over 300 Days Spent at Inglesham Lock This Summer (WRG)

15th August 2014 - IWA Announces 2015 Northampton Festival of Water

7th August 2014 - Over 150 Volunteers Take Part in IWA’s 2014 Himalayan Balsam Campaign

1st August 2014 - IWA Launches National Waterways Restoration Raffle

1st August 2014 - European Commission Takes UK to Court Over Red Diesel

28th July 2014 - IWA Campaigns to Save Navigation in Yorkshire

25th July 2014 - IWA Publishes Annual Report & Accounts

22nd July 2014 - Progress to Restore Inglesham Lock

15th July 2014 - IWA Announces Saul Waterways Pageant Programme

14th July 2014 - IWA Launches Sale of 2015 Calendar

10th July 2014 - Crowds Celebrate Waterway Restoration at Stratford

9th July 2014 - IWA Welcomes APPWG Inquiry into Canal & River Trust

4th July 2014 - Summer of Canal Restoration (WRG)

3rd July 2014 - IWA Events Across The Country This Weekend

27th June 2014 - IWA & ANT Celebrate Aickman Centenary

19th June 2014 - “To be or not to be” in Stratford in July 2014

12th June 2014 - IWA's 2014 Himalayan Balsam Campaign

10th June 2014 - Over 120 Boats at IWA's National Campaign Festival 2014

9th May 2014 - IWA's 2015 National Trailboat Festival to be Held on the Lancaster Canal

30th May 2014 - HS2 - IWA Submits HS2 Bill Petition

23rd May 2014 - IWA's National Campaign Festival 2014 Programme Announced

20th May 2014 - First Annual Restoration Workshop a Great Success

9th May 2014 - IWA Funding Enables CRT to Focus on Restoration

7th May 2014 - Record Breaking Attendance at IWA's Canalway Cavalcade 2014

25th April 2014 - IWA Announces Event Programme for Canalway Cavalcade

7th April 2014 - IWA Staff Complete Acheman Challenge

7th April 2014 - Volunteers clear 40 tonnes of rubbish from the Birmingham Canal Navigations

3rd April 3014 - 55 Volunteers Clean Up Over 5 Miles of the Erewash Canal

2nd April 2014 - IWA Announces Calendar Competition Results

27th March 2014 IWA Staff and Chiltern Branch Tidy up Lock Ahead of Acheman Challenge

27th March 2014 Restoration Top Of The Agenda At New Annual Conference

11th March 2014 Over 80 Volunteers at IWA Warwickshire Branch Work Party

11th March 2014 Sir Tony Baldry MP Wins IWA's Parliamentarian of the Year Award

10th March 2014 IWA Announces Waterways Pageant Event at Saul

28th February 2014 IWA's Submits HS2 Phase 1 Consultation Response

20th February 2014 IWA Welcomes Legal Decision on Moorings

20th February 2014 IWA 2015 Calendar Competition Shortlist Announced

12th February 2014 Volunteers Clean Up the Canals of Stoke-on-Trent

5th February 2014 The Acheman Challenge

31st January 2014 IWA Submitted HS2 Phase 2 Consultation Response

30th January 2014 Waterway Recovery Group to Buy New Excavator

20th January 2014 IWA Urges Waterway Supporters to Respond to HS2 Consultation

16th January 2014 IWA Issues New Advice on Towpath Cycling

7th January 2014 IWA Award for 60 Years at the London Boat Show
23rd December 2013 Early Christmas Present for Buckingham Canal Society

29th November 2013 IWA Welcomes London Assembly Report

22nd November 2013 CRT Business Licence Review

4th November 2013 IWA Launches 2015 Calendar Competition

23rd October 2013 Autumn Clean-up of the Grand Union Canal Through Milton Keynes

18th October 2013 IWA to Celebrate Stratford Anniversaries

1st October 2013 - IWA Recognises Outstanding Contributions of its Members

30th September 2013 - IWA Decides No Increase to Subscription Rates

13th September 2013 Chester to Host IWA National Campaign Festival in 2014

9th August 2013 Canal & River Trust Business Licence Consultation

2nd August 2013 IWA Unveils 2014 Calendar

25th July 2013 IWA Statement on Canal & River Trust Visitor Moorings

19th July 2013 IWA National Festival Opened with Campaigning Speech

3rd July 2013 IWA Disappointed at Missed Opportunity to Transfer Environment Agency Navigations

18th June 2013 IWA Issues Advice on Himalayan Balsam

7th June 2013 Official Launch of The Waterways Festival

28th May 2013 Devon to host 2014 IWA National Trailboat Festival

28th May 2013 IWA National Trailboat Festival 2013

8th May 2013 IWA's Canalway Cavalcade Attracts Thousands of Visitors

2nd May 2013 S. Walsh and Sons Ltd. to be Awarded Freight Trophy at Canalway Cavalcade

26th April 2013 Tickets Now On Sale For The Waterways Festival 2013

17th April 2013 Waterway Charities Line up against Supermarket Developers to save Midlands Waterway Restoration

9th April 2013 IWA National Trailboat Festival 25th to 27th May 2013 at Bodiam Castle

18th February 2013 South East Visitor Mooring Consultation

9th January 2013 IWA – Departure of Canal & River Trust Chief Executive “Passing of an Era”

27th November 2012 IWA National Festival 2013

26th November 2012 IWA Welcomes Increase in CRT Dredging

19th November 2012 IWA Welcomes High Court Decision in Favour of Canal & River Trust's Mooring Guidelines

14th November 2012 IWA Members’ Campaign on Recreational Craft Directive Makes Good Progress

15th October 2012 Les Etheridge Succeeds Clive Henderson as IWA National Chairman

2nd October 2012 Recognition for IWA Waterway Campaigners at IWA AGM

28th September 2012 CRT and IWA Sign Historic Agreement

20th June 2012 IWA 2013 National Trailboat Festival - Bodiam Castle

18th June 2012 Recognition for Waterway Campaigners in Queen's Birthday Honours

14th June 2012 Chesterfield Canal Grant

28th March 2012 Commercial Road Olympic Lock Lobby Brings Results

1st March 2012 Fiona Bruce MP - Inland Waterways Parliamentarian of the Year

31st January 2012 IWA Welcomes Government Funding Deal for New Canal and River Charity

19th January 2012 The All Party Parliamentary Waterways Group Communique On The Future Of The Inland Waterways

2nd November 2011 IWA Issues a 'Call to Arms' on Waterway Funding

16th September 2011  £40 Million Funding Gap for Government's Flagship Big Society Project

16th June 2011 IWA Submits Response to Government Consultation on the Waterways

6th May 2011  IWA Initial Reaction to Defra Consultation on BW's move to Charity Status

31st March 2011  IWA Welcomes Government Consultation on New Waterways Charity

9th March 2011 Cross Party Support for New Waterways Charity at IWA Parliamentary Dinner

9th March 2011 Alun Michael MP Named IWA ‘Parliamentarian of the Year’

1st March 2011 IWA Welcomes Progress on the Management of the Environment Agency Navigations

11th November 2010 IWA Stalwart On The River Thames Retires

14th October 2010  IWA Welcomes Government Announcement on BW move to Charitable Status

24th September 2010  IWA New Political Briefing

22nd September 2010 IWA Campaign Rally 2011

28th June 2010 IWA Announces National Restoration Appeal

18th June 2010 IWA Holds Reception for New Members of Parliament

11th May 2010 IWA Issues New Waterways Freight Leaflet

David Suchet visits the IWA stand at the 2017 London Boat Show with representatives of Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Trust.

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