British Waterways launches new identity: the Canal & River Trust

Canal & River Trust logo

The name and symbol of the new waterways charity tasked with replacing British Waterways in April 2012 has finally been revealed: the Canal & River Trust.

The Canal & River Trust – or Glandwr Cymru, as it will be known in Wales – is being established to tend 2,000 miles of canals and rivers in England and Wales, and its name and identity has been decided after lengthy public and private consultation.

The literal translation of Glandwar Cymru is ‘Waterside Wales’, reflecting the insistency of the transition trustees that Welsh waterways receive a distinctly Welsh character and focus.

‘Our canals and rivers have been part of the fabric of the country’s landscape for 250 years,’ said Tony Hales, chairman of the transition trustees. ‘Putting them in trust for the nation is the start of a new chapter in the renaissance of waterways.

‘People have told us that the waterways are important to them as a local haven, for themselves and for nature. Stepping onto a towpath is like entering a different world, where the stress of daily life can be escaped. The Canal & River Trust and our new symbol represent what our waterways mean to so many people.’

The Canal & River Trust is scheduled to launch in April 2012, holding 2,000 miles of canals and rivers in trust for the nation.

Scotland’s waterways will continue to be managed by British Waterways Scotland, which will remain in the public sector and will not become part of the Canal & River Trust.

The Canal & River Trust is currently seeking applications for five voluntary positions across England and Wales. For more information, visit the British Rowing Vacancies page.