Canal & River Trust takes on climate change

Published: Wednesday, 16 December 2020

THE Canal & River Trust takes on climate change in the form of £2 millions funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery.

This funding is from the lottery's Postcode Climate Challenge initiative, through which its players have raised over £20 million for climate action.

Many challenges

The Trust states it is facing many challenges from the changing climate, and the funding will go towards projects aimed at helping build the waterways’ resistance to climate change, support biodiversity, manage water stewardship, reduce the charity’s carbon footprint, and improve the charity’s use of materials and waste management, with Jodie Rees, Corporate Engagement Partner at Canal & River Trust, stating:

“We are delighted to receive this additional funding thanks to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. There is wide acceptance of the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis we are facing.

“Canals and rivers are uniquely placed to make a significant contribution to improving the wellbeing of millions of people.  Climate action is an essential part of our ability to protect these precious resources now and for the future, for boaters, walkers, paddlers, anglers, cyclists and all those who value them.”

Totalling £13 millions

The Canal & River Trust has been supported by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery since the charity was formed in 2012 and, thanks to this help, have received funding totalling over £13 millions to support priority projects such as works at the Grade I Listed Marple Aqueduct, the Montgomery Canal restoration and emergency repairs to the breach on the Shropshire Union Canal at Middlewich.