New charity is set to transform the county’s canals and rivers

A new charity is set to be launched to transform Northamptonshire’s historic canals and rivers.

The Canal & River Trust will help people who live by, visit or work on Northamptonshire’s waterways to make them a haven for people and nature for generations to come.

To celebrate its launch the Canal & River Trust, whose patron is Prince Charles, is unveiling its first ever appeal – 50 projects across the country to breathe new life into towpaths and riverbanks.

Locally, the Trust needs peoples’ help to raise £3,000 to help provide a habitat and shelter for water voles and other native wildlife along a stretch of canal near Winwick which is currently eroded.

The creation of the Canal & River Trust, which takes over from British Waterways and The Waterways Trust in England and Wales, is the UK’s first major transfer of state run infrastructure into the charitable sector.

Tony Hales, chairman of the Canal & River Trust, said: “Our canals and rivers have been transformed from a national disgrace half a century ago into a national treasure today. The creation of the Canal & River Trust marks the next exciting chapter in their 200-year history. In an increasingly fast-paced and crowded world, canals and rivers are vital local havens for both people and nature. By supporting us you can help keep your local canal and river special. We’d love you to lend a hand.”