Two thousand miles of
inland waterways stretch across England and Wales. Often more than 200 years old, these canals are linked by a network of bridges, embankments, towpaths, aqueducts, docks and reservoirs. For the charity responsible for maintaining them – the Canal & River Trust – ensuring the waterways offer an “authentic, unfenced, opportunity to interact with history, wildlife and nature” is vital. And spending about £8 million every year on managing vegetation, cleaning customer facilities and clearing litter plays a big role.