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Canal & River Trust

The Canal & River Trust is a charity that cares for a 2,000-mile-long, 200-year-old network of canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and attractions across England and Wales. The Trust’s vision is to have living waterways that transform places and enrich our lives, for today and for generations to come.

Together with volunteers and communities across England and Wales, the Canal & River Trust is transforming our waterways into spaces where anyone can come to feel happier and healthier in support of our nation’s well-being.

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Sustainable development

200 years ago, this extensive canal network was the civil engineering marvel of its day. Today it showcases a thoroughly modern approach to engineering – one that’s good news for people and for the environment.       

As guardian of canals, rivers, reservoirs and docks in England and Wales, the Canal & River Trust works with local communities to manage these waterways; creating places and spaces that can be used and enjoyed by everyone, every day.    

The charity’s commitment to sustainability runs deep, impacting every aspect of its work. Waterways are maintained sustainably and developed to maximise their role in building energy and environmental resilience and supporting our transition to a low carbon economy.     

For Senior Engineer Helen Braidwood, working at the Canal & River Trust means prioritising sustainability in every project she’s involved with. That’s combining traditional civil engineering with skills like ecology, carbon management, energy efficiency and water conservation. Braidwood says: “If traditional civil engineering built our canals, then the type of sustainable development I do ensures these waterways have a positive role to play in the green economy and improve our environment and well-being. I love the work I do!”  

Watch the video above to find out more about working at the Canal & River Trust.    

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Maintaining our waterways sustainably    

Watch this interview to find out how the Canal & River Trust prioritises sustainability in its work, and what that means for jobs in the green economy.  

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