Canal & River Trust annual report
The Canal & River Trust has published its 2018/19 annual report showing continued investment in its 2,000 miles of waterways across England and Wales as well as further growth in the number of volunteers and supporters helping to look after local canals and rivers.
Spending on the trust’s charitable activities exceeded £156m whilst those volunteering gave a record 670,000 hours of their time. Green Flag status continued to grow with 250 miles of waterway now holding the quality assurance mark at year end and there was a small rise in boats on the network and record numbers of children participating in the trust’s education programme.
Chair Allan Leighton said that the past year had seen continued progress. “We know that being either on or beside our waterways offers many different things to different people," he said.
“This year we have maintained the investment in the network that is so vital to all our 4 million regular users - boaters, anglers and towpath visitors - whilst taking the decision to reposition the trust to raise awareness of the hugely important role that waterways are playing in improving the daily lives of millions of people."
Highlights in the report include a record spend on waterway operation, maintenance and repair and a growth in volunteering to 671,000 hours. More than 92,000 children enjoyed face-to-face sessions with the trust's explorer team and 420 local groups are now involved in helping to care for the trust's canals. An increase in boats of 0.5% has helped boating account for around 22% of overall income and the number of Friends (those who make a regular financial donation) has risen 18% to almost 29,000.
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