Scottish Waterways Trust recognised at the ‘Oscars of the waterways’

We’ve been recognised at a national awards ceremony celebrating the most exciting and inspiring waterway-based improvement projects across the UK!

Our Canal Officer for Cultural Heritage project was awarded ‘Runner Up’ at the 2017 Living Waterway Awards under the ‘Education and Learning’ category at a glittering award ceremony in Birmingham last night (27 September 2017).

The Living Waterways Awards, run by Canal & River Trust and sponsored by Kier, Arcadis, CPC Civils, Land & Water, Vinci and Fountains, seek to recognise a wealth of waterways projects from inspirational education programmes and innovative engineering projects, to exciting community-binding environmental initiatives.

The award recognises our contribution to heritage learning and conservation in Scotland through our Canal Officer for Cultural Heritage, a national programme of activity funded by Historic Environment Scotland. Since 2015, our Cultural Heritage Officer has engaged with over 3,000 people across Scotland’s canals.

Richard Parry, chief executive of the Canal & River Trust, explains:

The Canal & River Trust is once again proud to announce the winners of our national Living Waterways Awards.

These annual awards give us the opportunity to celebrate the tireless efforts of those who are helping to transform the nation’s rivers, canals, lochs, lakes, and reservoirs, making them exciting vibrant places where people want to be.

Winners of the ‘Education and Learning Award’ was the Hirst Lock Bicentenary project, designed to capture life on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal with historical information panels and a stunning mural designed by schoolchildren.

A rigorous assessment process saw the expert judges travel across the country from Devon to Falkirk and from London to Leeds before selecting the finalists for the 2017 Living Waterways Awards.


Tracey, Director of Development at Scottish Waterways Trust, said:

We are thrilled to have been recognised at this prestigious, national award ceremony highlighting the contribution our Canal Officer for Cultural Heritage Officer makes to the canals and their communities across Scotland.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to our project funders Historic Environment Scotland, without who this wouldn’t be possible, for enabling us to bring 250 years of colourful canal history to life across Scotland’s five canals in a way that has never been done before.

By offering a vibrant range of unique learning and education opportunities for people of all ages and abilities, our Cultural Heritage Officer inspires people with the incredible heritage of the country’s five canals, which are all Ancient Scheduled Monuments.

Whether it’s engaging the next generation with tales from our exciting waterways past, helping volunteers learn traditional heritage skills like stonemasonry and lime-mortaring, or unearthing secrets from the canals’ industrial hey-day through public events, we’ve know people have an incredible appetite for learning about and caring for the waterways and always want to learn more.