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Canal & River Trust – The Local Launch

C&RT's South Wales & Severn Waterways Gloucester launch event

The nationwide launch of the Canal & Rivers Trust on Thursday 12th July certainly seems to have succeeded in raising public awareness of this country’s waterways.

Cotswold Canals Trust Chair Liz Payne was a guest at the local launch celebration in Gloucester, C&RT’s regional headquarters responsible for the South Wales & Severn Waterways. 

Local representative

The Cotswold Canals Trust has a local representative within the new organisation’s local partnership group.

Lois Francis, (pictured on the left below) at the launch event with Liz Payne, is a retired head teacher and Cotswold Canals Trust member.

Lois is involved in schools liaison locally as well as the Junction Heritage history project. 

The picture below shows shows C&RT's Regional Manager Nick Worthington and Partnership Chair Jack Hegarty cutting a celebratory cake.

Impact or benefit to the Cotswold Canals?

Interestingly enough the Future Plans page of the South Wales & Severn Waterways section contains the words Future Cotswold Canals.

This, allied to the fact that Radio 4’s John Humphries covered the national implications and launch of the new organisation on Thursday morning’s Today programme, may well be the reason for questions already being asked at the Cotswold Canals Trust’s busy Wallbridge Lock Visitor Centre.

Funding assistance queries

Those questions have included…

"Will the new C&RT come to the rescue in finding funds for the Cotswold Canals restoration?”

Cotswold Canals Trust Chief Executive Ken Burgin commented…

“The Cotswold Canals Trust welcomes the formation of the C&RT and will continue to maintain good relations with all those involved as has been the case with British Waterways prior to the transfer.

“The C&RT is a new organisation which will need time to find its feet. It has many challenges ahead of it including those of funding availability to sustain its own operations.

“It is therefore not anticipated that C&RT will be in a position to assist the Cotswold Canals restoration financially in the foreseeable future nor do we expect it to want to take over the Cotswold Canals project any time soon.

"However, in the longer term, and particularly if all or part of the Cotswold Canals have been restored and are self-sustaining financially, it may well be possible to agree for the link between Severn & Thames to become part of the main waterway network managed by the Canal & River Trust.”

Find out more

The Canal & River Trust is overseen by a Council, Partnership Members and Trustees. Click here or on the icon right to download the C&RT Introduction document.

Canal Life Poem makes an impact

There was a general agreement among those present that the video presentation of Ian McMillan’s evocative poem, commissioned for the launch of the Canal & River Trust, was something of a highlight. Click below to listen to his words and enjoy a peek at the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.