New trust for Wales' canals and rivers

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is one of the canals which will be maintained by the new Trust Credit: British Waterways / PA Archive

The Canal and River Trust will be officially launched today, at a special event at the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, near Llangollen. The new Trust, which will replace British Waterways, will be responsible for restoring, conserving and maintaining the 2,000 miles of canals and rivers across England and Wales. When launched, it will be one of the largest charities in the UK.

To celebrate the official launch, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct will be lit up between 9pm and 11pm. Wrexham County Council have also organised a special event in the field beneath the Aqueduct for the local community.

The Trust will also be launching 50 appeal projects across the UK, calling for donations to help improve some of the towpaths and riverbanks. One in particular will focus on the Llangollen Canal, which the Trust says is one of the 'most breath-taking' parts of the canal network.