CaRT wants 'Boats in Bloom'

Published: Monday, 10 April 2017

THE Canal & River Trust want you to make your boats to look pretty—and will give you a prize or a colourful certificate if you do so!

 Starting in May, the Trust tells that it will be presenting colourful certificates to anyone whose boat or waterside planting is putting a smile on the face of passers-by.  The charity is also calling on people to share photos of blossoming boats and waterways to create an online gallery to inspire and delight others.


There will also be a number of special prize categories for which people can nominate themselves or others.  Nominations will run through to 31 July and will be whittled down to a shortlist by a judging panel.  The shortlist will be published on the Trust’s website and boaters and waterway and gardening-lovers will be able to vote for their favourites.

 Matthew Symonds, Boating Strategy and Engagement Manager at the Canal & River Trust, explained: 

“Take a walk along any towpath and you’ll be likely to come across a boat or a garden that lifts your spirits with its beautiful blooms.  With Boats in Bloom we’re saying thank you to all these gardeners who bring so much pleasure to other people.

 “We’d love to see how boaters and waterside gardeners are transforming the space around them.  If you have a favourite boat or towpath garden, or are especially proud of your own, please let us know.  We want Boats in Bloom to raise a smile, give people ideas and maybe inspire them to try a spot of gardening, or boating, themselves.”


Boats in Bloom—Most flower filled boat, Most edible growing boat, Most imaginative use of space.

Towpaths in Bloom—Best towpath garden or open space, Best towpath business in bloom, ·Best wildlife friendly towpath gardening initiative