Students in Staffordshire have spent this week working on the county’s 200 year old canals as part of a project aimed at bringing Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) to life.
The group from Stoke-on-Trent College spent the week with the Canal & River Trust, helping the charity that cares for 2,000 miles of historic waterways in England & Wales to improve the county’s canals for people and wildlife.
A new website has been launched which invites Staffordshire residents, communities and businesses to explore ways they can work together to look after and enhance the county’s waterways.
staffswaterways.org.uk has been developed by the Staffordshire Waterways Group (SWG) to provide a vision for the County’s waterways. It suggests an approach to how each canal could be improved to deliver a better place to live and to create economic growth, and looks at the value of waterways from many perspectives including community, business, tourism, health, transport and the environment.
Local people are being given the opportunity to view exciting plans to develop new cycle paths linking Staffordshire with the Peak District national park along one of the our historic waterways. The project will see the creation of four new cycle ways directly into the national park from the surrounding urban areas and is expected to benefit around 3.5 million people.
Visit the Destination Staffordshire marquee to discover more about all the canals in Staffordshire, and the world of possibilities the county holds for holidays and great days out! The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) Stoke-on-Trent branch has joined forces with Staffordshire County Council and arranged for local waterways organisations to exhibit in one marquee supported by the Destination Staffordshire tourism team.
In here you will find displays by the groups campaigning for the: Burslem Port branch, Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals, Lichfield & Hatherton Canals, Stafford Riverway, Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal, and Trent & Mersey Canal, plus the IWA branches for: Lichfield, Stoke-on-Trent and Shrewsbury & North Wales, plus the Shrewsbury & Newport Canal campaigners – yes, that waterway joins the Shropshire Union Canal in Staffordshire!
The Trust is a member of the Stoke-on-Trent Canals Partnership. We would like to know more about what visitors think about the City's canals and what could be done to improve them. We are interested in the views of both local people and visitors to the area, who visit on foot, bike or by boat. Please take a couple of minutes to complete our short online survey.
World renowned Stoke-on -Trent art pottery Moorcroft has donated a stunning vase ‘Brindley’s Canal’ to Etruria Canals Festival to award as a prize to the ‘Best turned out traditional working canal boat’.
The limited edition vase, designed by Kerry Goodwin, is valued at more than £1100 and will be presented to the winner by Tristram Hunt MP when he opens the 18th Etruria Canals Festival at 12 noon on Saturday 4 June, at Etruria Industrial Museum on the junction of the Trent & Mersey and Caldon Canals at the heart of Stoke-on-Trent.
Welcome signs have been installed marking where the Trent & Mersey and Caldon Canals enter Stoke-on-Trent by the City’s Canals Partnership. The signs celebrate the rich waterways’ heritage of the Potteries with a striking 21st century design and incorporate a map for those on the towpath and a tourist information leaflet box – accessible to canal users via a British Waterways facilities key.