And the winner is...
THE WORLD’S LARGEST equine sculpture, the Kelpies at Falkirk, and the painstaking restoration of historic boat TheKennet are among the winners of the inaugural Living Waterways Awards recognising inspiring and exciting improvement projects across the UK.
Launched by the Canal & River Trust in January, the Awards also recognise the Inland Waterways Association’s campaign to tackle the invasive Himalayan balsam plant, and the transformation of 5km of the Cotswold Canals in Stroud, while waterways campaigner and journalist Harry Arnold received a special award for outstanding achievement.
The winners and runners-up were determined after a series of visits and assessments which saw the expert judges travel from Sandwich to Enniskillen and from Glasgow to Devon. The full list is: Art & Interpretation: Winner - The Helix, Falkirk/Grangemouth Commended - Monkland Canal, Glasgow Community & Volunteering: Winner - Row the Erne, Enniskillen Commended - Greening the Regent’s Canal, London Contribution to the Built Environment: Winner - Sandwich Town Tidal Defence Scheme. Runner-up - Postle’s Bridge, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct Education & Learning: Winner - The Kennet Project, Leeds & Liverpool Canal Runner-up - Canal College, Falkirk & Edinburgh Commended - Dewsbury Waterlinked, Dewsbury Arm of the Calder & Hebble Navigation and Pewsham Locks Centenary Celebrations Natural Environment: Winner - the Inland Waterways Association’s Himalayan Balsam Campaign Runner-up - Wolvercote Lakes, Oxford Commended - Duck Broads Reed Bed Restoration, Norfolk, and River Tale Restoration, Ottery St Mary Recreation & Tourism: Winner - Pinkston Watersports, Glasgow Commended - Leeds Waterfront Festival Restoration & Historic Environment: Winner - Cotswold Canals Restoration, Stroud Commended - Lichfield Canal Heritage Towpath Trail and Sutton Weaver Swing Bridge, Cheshire Outstanding Achievement Award: Harry Arnold, MBE.