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About Fund Britain's Waterways

Browse news, press releases and media coverage about Fund Britain’s Waterways here.

Fund Britain’s Waterways (FBW) is a coalition of organisations representing hundreds of thousands of users and supporters of inland waterways. We are campaigning for national and local government to act now and protect the public benefit and natural capital of our waterways.

Join us in the fight to #FundBritainsWaterways by signing our petition. With your help, our canals and rivers may stand a better chance of securing desperately needed funding.  See the full list of participating organisations.  To add your organisation as a participant, or to join our mailing list for news and information about Fund Britain’s Waterways, e-mail us at [email protected]

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Press Releases

10th May 2024 – Government receives wake-up call from inland waterways campaigners (distributed by RYA)

1st May 2024 – Fund Britain’s Waterways Announces Nationwide Campaign Weekend (distributed by British Marine)

30th April 2024 – Westminster Campaign Cruise to rally support for Britain’s Waterways (distributed by British Marine)

23rd April 2024 – Closing waterways is our last resort says Canal & River Trust

8th April 2024 – Fund Britain’s Waterways flotilla to Westminster, 8th May 2024 

4th April 2024 – Fund Britain’s Waterways statement for the England & Wales local and mayoral elections, 2nd May 2024

12th February 2024 – Fund Britain’s Waterways to provide members the opportunity to quiz Navigation Authorities

2nd January 2024 – Fund Britain’s Waterways announces a May Day Bank Holiday Weekend of Action

14th November 2023 – Fund Britain’s Waterways message delivered to Westminster

6th November 2023 – Fund Britain’s Waterways message to be delivered to Westminster at 14:11 on 14/11

27th September 2023 – Rally in Gloucester Docks to Campaign For More Funding For Britain’s Waterways

16th August 2023 – Announcing the formation of Fund Gloucester’s Waterways 

1st August 2023 – Mayor backs the Fund Britain’s Waterways Birmingham Campaign Cruise

11th July 2023 – Fund Britain’s Waterways Responds to Canal & River Trust Funding Announcement

27th June 2023 – Launch of the Fund Britain’s Waterways Action Group


[The photo left shows a boat promoting Fund Britain’s Waterways at the 250th anniversary celebrations of Bingley Five Rise on 23rd March 2024  –  by Hazel Owen]


In the News – Selected Press Reports

12th May 2024 – Waterways World – has a news feature entitled ‘Campaigners take message to Westminster’.

11th May 2024 – A little Bit of Stone – has a follow up report to its April article with a good picture of the Westminster Campaign Cruise.

9th May 2024 – Towpath Talk – has a news item entitled ‘Business Body Backs Campaign for Waterway Funding.

8th May 2024 – The Daily Telegraph – featured Fund Britain’s Waterways and related issues in a positive piece on travel on the inland waterways.

29th April 2024 – Hemel Today (The Gazette) – has news that narrow boat Rum’a’gin’s tour has now reached Hemel Hempstead.

26th April 2024 – A letter in The Guardian supports the Fund Britain’s Waterways campaign.

24th April 2024 – Eastern Daily Press – covers a planned gathering by the Broads Society to highlight funding for navigation on the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads.

22nd April 2024 – Northampton Chronicle – features the narrow boat Rum’a’gin’s canal tour, this time in Northamptonshire.

22nd April 2024 – Warwickshire World –  features the narrow boat Rum’a’gin’s canal tour, this time at Hatton.

13th April 2024 – Lichfield Live – features the narrow boat Rum’a’gin’s canal tour to the Westminster Campaign Cruise

11th April 2024 – A Little Bit of Stone – also features the narrow boat Rum’a’gin’s canal tour to the Westminster Campaign Cruise

22nd March 2024 – Towpath Talk – notes the FBW campaign in an article about issues with the Great Ouse flood relief channel

8th January 2024 – Canalboat news item – plans for 2024 bank holiday weekend of action

7th January 2024 – Reuters – Conservative Group highlights Westminster cruise

4th January 2024 – Marine Industry News – announcement of May 2024 parliamentary cruise

15th November 2023 – Afloat – Ireland’s sailing and boating magazine

11th November 2023 – Canalboat news item – Westminster cruise

8th November 2023 – Towpath Talk news item about Westminster cruise.

30th September 2023 – BBC News report on Gloucester gathering

26th September 2023 – Gloucester BID – concerns for Gloucester’s waterways

31st August 2023 – Narrowboat World – Plans for Westminster cruise

29th August 2023 – The Guardian – Letter from Les Etheridge

18th August 2023 – Westminster Extra – Funding for the waterways summary

14th August 2023 – Yahoo News – Report on Birmingham gathering

14th August 2023 – Birmingham World report on Birmingham gathering, including video

13th August 2023 – BBC News report on Birmingham gathering

13th August 2023 – The Independent report on Birmingham gathering, including video

13th August 2023 – AOL News report on Birmingham gathering, including video

22nd June 2023 – Towpath Talk – plan for Birmingham gathering

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