The Erewash Canal receives international recognition with
prestigious Green Flag Award
Waterways and wellbeing charity the Canal & River Trust and the Erewash Canal Preservation & Development Association (ECP&DA) are delighted to announce that the Erewash Canal has been awarded prestigious Green Flag status.
Green Flags are awarded to the highest quality parks and green spaces in 18 countries around the world. In the UK most Green Flag sites are parks, so this award recognises that the Erewash Canal also offers local people a tranquil place to relax, escape for a while and get close to nature. It also confirms that the canal has the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and plays an important role in the local community.
The canal is a popular place for walkers, anglers, cyclists, canoeists, and forms part of the Erewash Valley Trail walking and cycling route. It is also a real hidden gem for boaters.
Local people play an active role in helping the Canal & River Trust to keep the canal looking it’s best and the Green Flag Award is testament to all their hard work. Dedicated teams of volunteers help to look out for anything that’s in need of attention, carry out maintenance, lead educational sessions, welcome visitors and more. Some local groups have even “adopted” specific sections of the canal, regularly working with the Trust to improve their area.
One such group is the Erewash Canal Preservation & Development Association which has played an active role for decades, campaigning to keep the canal open and restoring historic features along the route. Nowadays, the Association supports the Canal & River Trust in enhancing the canal and its volunteers are out regularly on their restored working boat Pentland to clear rubbish from the water and help to keep the canal looking its best and working the way it should.
Liz Fleuty, community engagement manager for the Canal & River Trust explains: “The Erewash Canal is a real hidden gem and we’re so pleased and proud that it’s been recognised with this richly deserved award.
“However, it would not have been possible without the dedication of our volunteers who give up their time to help us care for the canal and the people who support us through their donations. Credit for this award really goes to them.
“We know that time spent by water is good for your wellbeing and, running right through the heart of towns such as Long Eaton, Ilkeston and Langley Mill, the canal provides an invaluable green space for local people to get away from it all. We’d love to see more people visiting the canal and feeling the benefits for themselves and hopefully this award will encourage them to do so.”
Norman Cornwell, chairman of the Erewash Canal Preservation & Development Association, said: “We’re very proud of this award and the role that our members have played in making the canal what it is today. It’s a reflection not only of the work that our current members do in helping to make the canal a pleasant, welcoming place for people to visit but also all of their efforts over the past 50 years since saving the canal from closure. We hope many more people are encouraged to visit the canal and see why we think it is so special.”
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd adds: “It’s fantastic that we have more Green Flag Awards in the UK than ever before, joined this year by 131 International winners.”
“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement.”