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
British Canoeing joins environmental partners asking government to invest in the prevention of river-choking plants
British Canoeing has joined Environment groups are urging the Government to commit in the forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review to spend £6 million a year on preventing invasive plants and animals establishing in the UK. New research estimates this investment would save a whopping £2.7 billion for our economy over the next 20 years .
New partnerships to control highly invasive floating pennywort choking UK’s waterways
To mark the start of Plant Health Week, British Canoeing has joined forces with the government, environment organisations and other water-based recreational groups to help halt the spread of a highly invasive non-native plant that is choking rivers and lakes across the UK.
A View From The Riverbank: The State of our Rivers
Urgent action is needed to protect our treasured blue spaces as new figures from the Environment Agency show the poor health of our rivers.
Paddlers take to the Medway for a big Autumn clean!
As part of the Keep Britain Tidy Great British September Clean Up, Medway Valley Countryside Partnership (MVCP) volunteers and Maidstone Canoe Club, joined forces to collect litter between East Farleigh and Allington.