British Canoeing is committed to playing a leading role in securing a clear future for our waters, and improving access on and along the water for paddlers.
Access to water and protection of the special places we paddle are fundamental aspects of our sport. We all want more places to go canoeing and we want them to be safe, clean and accessible.
British Canoeing is committed to working to secure fair, shared, sustainable access to water in England. Protection of our environment is of paramount importance and you can find details of the work British Canoeing is doing and how you can get involved through these pages.
The Places to Paddle Team at British Canoeing is dedicated to supporting the needs of members and the wider paddling community. Vital to our work is the support from volunteers. We hope this section of the website may help inspire you to take action and make a difference locally. We have tried to provide useful resources to inform, educate and support.
If you have something specific you require help or advice on, please do not hesitate to contact our team at [email protected] You can find details of locally available advice on the 'local contacts page'
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Access and Environment News
View from the River Bank - The Voice
In this latest View from the Riverbank Places to Paddle Manager Ben Seal fills us in on the work the team have been doing over the past few months and how we're continuing to use our collective voice to help shape government policy.
British Canoeing signs letter to PM urging him to set legally binding plastic pollution targets
British Canoeing, alongside other businesses, MPs, faith leaders, academics and campaigning organisations are calling on the Prime Minister to introduce legally binding targets to stem the growing tide of plastic pollution.
Taskforce sets goal to end pollution from storm overflows
A joint industry-government group established last year to tackle river pollution has now agreed a new objective to prevent damage from storm overflows, fantastic news for paddlers and water users alike.
New trespass proposals put countryside access at risk
British Canoeing has joined with other leading outdoor organisations to write to the Home Office, Ministry of Justice and Defra to express serious concerns about the government’s proposal to change trespass rules.