A new set of awards has been launched to mark two centuries of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
To mark the 200th anniversary of Britain’s longest single man-made waterway, the Canal and River Trust has set up the Leeds and Liverpool Canal special Bicentenary Awards.
Nominations are invited for special bicentenary prizes to recognise the best environment, education and conservation projects, the most dedicated volunteers and enterprising businesses.
The Trust’s North West Waterway, which cares for the canal, is also introducing inaugural awards for two categories which will continue to be presented annually: The Waterway Manager’s Outstanding Contribution Award and the Waterway Partnership Chair’s Award, open to groups and individuals who work in the community.
The closing date for nominations is Friday, August 12 and the awards will be presented at a glittering ceremony on Wednesday, October 19 at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel in Blackburn.
Chantelle Seaborn, the Trust’s North West Waterway Manager, said: “The bicentenary of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal is a very special date for a very special waterway.
“All through 2016, the Trust, along with dozens of groups, organisations and societies, are marking the year with festivals and events.
“So many wonderful people and organisations have helped to conserve, promote and improve the brilliant waterway we see today.
“We thought it was right, that in the year when the canal comes under the spotlight, we should mark their contribution and say ‘thank you’.”
For more details of the award categories and how to enter, email firstname.lastname@example.org.