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Take a voyage of discovery and celebrate blossoming boats along Britain's towpaths this summe

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CRT Press Release.

 

28 June 2018

 

TAKE A VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY AND CELEBRATE BLOSSOMING BOATS ALONG BRITAIN’S TOWPATHS THIS SUMMER

 

This summer Canal & River Trust, the charity that cares for 2,000 miles of canals and rivers across England & Wales, is encouraging people to set out on a voyage of discovery and help celebrate the nation’s most beautiful blooming boats.  At this time of year hundreds of boats around the country are festooned with flowers, and the Trust wants boaters to spread the word.

 

The charity is asking people to come to the waterways – close to home or further afield – and, if they come across a blossoming boat that takes their breath away – or if they own one themselves! – to take a photo and share it on the Trust’s Facebook and Twitter pages, with the hashtag #boatsinbloom. 

 

It comes at a time when more boats are using the waterways than any time since the Industrial Revolution, with the renaissance of 200-year old canals benefiting local economies, tourism, and the health and happiness of communities.

 

Matthew Symonds, boating strategy & engagement manager at the Canal & River Trust, said: “Take a walk along any towpath and you’ll come across a boat that lifts your spirits with its spectacular display of flowers.  We want you to capture that moment of stumbling across something new or special and share it with others.  A beautiful picture can inspire people to get out and try something different, and maybe come down and experience our wonderful waterways for themselves.

 

“Our teams and volunteers work hard to keep the waterways open and in great shape so everyone can enjoy them, while the huge variety of boats that cruise them really bring them to life with charm and vibrancy.  There are all sorts of boats: the iconic narrowboat, historic craft, wide beam barges, and motor cruisers, not to mention rowing boats and other paddle craft.  They’re used for many different things, from floating homes to leisure boats used to explore the network for pleasure, to a whole host of businesses that trade from the waterline.

 

“We know that being by the water makes people healthier and happier.  What better way to celebrate summer and unwind than by making a trip to your local canal or river and ‘gongoozling’ – taking the time to watch the boats go by.  And if you spot a gorgeous blooming boat, take a photo of it and share it so other people can share the pleasure.”

 

Twitter:  @CanalRiverTrust

Facebook:  @CanalRiverTrust

 

Hashtag:  #boatsinbloom

 

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/boats-in-bloom

 

ENDS

 

For further media requests please contact:

Fran Read, national press officer, Canal & River Trust

m 07796 610 427 e [email protected]   

 

 

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5 hours ago, Ray T said:

Our teams and volunteers work hard to keep the waterways open and in great shape

 

That's a lie, they contract it out! ?

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Just now, cuthound said:

 

That's a lie, they contract it out! ?

Well not all of it.:rolleyes:

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1 hour ago, Rickent said:

My spectacular offering.

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Cough, I thought this summers plans included putting paint on the roof, not planting on it.

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1 hour ago, matty40s said:

Cough, I thought this summers plans included putting paint on the roof, not planting on it.

The plan is still to paint it, I just need to get motivated to start. Tomorrow will be the start day.

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