CRT receives funding to help address climate challenges

The Canal & River Trust (CRT) will benefit from £2 million funding towards the many climate action and sustainability challenges its historic waterways face across England & Wales, and to support the charity in its contribution to mitigating the impacts of climate change.  The funding comes as part of People’s Postcode Lottery’s recently announced Postcode Climate Challenge initiative.

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.

Jodie Rees, corporate engagement partner at the CRT, says: “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.”

This latest funding brings the total the CRT has received from the People’s Postcode Lottery over 12 months to £4.6 million. The first £2.6 million tranche of funding, which started in May, supports the Trust’s programme to enhance the nation’s wellbeing through caring for the waterways and their future, including priority infrastructure works at Castleford Weir and the Tees Barrage.

The CRT has been supported by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery since the charity was formed in 2012.  In this time it has received funding totalling over £13 million to support 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.

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