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How you can make the difference

We are the charity that works to protect and restore the country’s 6,500 miles of canals and rivers.

We campaign for better existing waterways and help bring forgotten waterways back to life.

Much of our work is carried out by our dedicated volunteers. Your support can make the difference.

How your donations help

More miles

Since 1946 over 500 miles of waterways have been restored but there is much still to do. We share expertise with local restoration groups and give hands-on support.

Better boating

We want the whole network of the UK’s rivers and canals to be able to be used and enjoyed by as many people as possible, both on and next to the waterways.


We know our waterways are special places and work to protect their heritage from thoughtless development and safeguard their unique environment for future generations.


Our incredible volunteers tirelessly campaign for the waterways and spend thousands of hours each year improving your special places with hard graft.

Waterways heritage

Our waterways heritage is what makes Britain’s canals and rivers special and it must be actively protected – through the local planning system and sufficient funding – for the future.

Waterways affected by HS2

We’re campaigning to protect canals and rivers from the damaging effects of HS2, especially where the tranquillity of the waterways is under threat.

Waterway underfunding

Hundreds of miles of waterways – along with their unique heritage and habitats – are currently starved of funding and rely on constant lobbying by us to safeguard their future.

Waterway restoration

Restoring the UK’s blue infrastructure – our inherited network of navigable canals and rivers – is good for people and places.

Waterway businesses

The government needs to intervene at the earliest possible opportunity to save this vital sector of the British economy and what could be a core element of the British stay-at-home leisure and holiday sectors in the coming years.