MAP OF THE INLAND WATERWAYS OF GREAT BRITAIN
This is the latest revision of the familiar Imray’s sheet map of the canals and rivers which has been around for decades, but with some important changes. Not only has it been brought up to date with developments in recent years ( such as the reopening of the Droitwich canals), but turn it over and on the back you’ll find a directory of waterways. Produced by the map’s co-publishers, the Inland Waterways Association, this list does its best to cover every canal or river that’s ever been navigable – for example, alongside more familiar navigable routes you can discover that the Sincil Bank Drain is closed, it ran for 8.4 miles from Bardney to Lincoln, and it’s in IWA’s Lincoln Branch area in case you want to talk to them about restoring it!
MapoftheInland Waterwaysof Great Britain, Imray / IWA, imray.com, £ 9.95, 978-1-8462-3827-7 IT’S BEEN SPRING cleaning season on the canals recently, with canal clean-up volunteers vying with each other for the most unlikely items of scrap transferred from canal to skip. But a bunch of Dutch people called the Plastic Whale company are going one better: they aren’t sending the trash to the tip, they’re recycling it – into boats! As part of a campaign to rid the world’s waters of plastic pollution, they’ve pulled 50,000 plastic bottles out of the canals of Amsterdam, turned the plastic into boats (with the bottle tops making colourful mosaics for the boats’ floors), and sent the boats out on the canals fishing for more bottles. Now they’re up to seven boats and call themselves the “first professional plastic fishing company in the world”.