His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, a long-time supporter of the waterways, will become the first Patron of the new Canal & River Trust, the body being set up to care for the historic canals and rivers of England and Wales.

The news was announced at the first meeting of the CRT's Council in Birmingham on Wednesday, where members confirmed the appointment of the charity’s founding Trustees.

The Trustees have released an update on their progress - it can be read here

by Stephen Peters
(NABO and TBA preferred candidate in the CRT elections)

The election for the Boaters’ Representatives on the Canal & River Trust Council will take another step forward on 8 February 2012, when the ballot process commences. Eligible voters (i.e. one person for each boat that has a 12-month canal or river licence) will have the opportunity to cast their votes by post, email or SMS for this first Council election.

Stephen PetersSTEPHEN RICHARD PETERS – the candidate from NABO

I gave considerable thought to what I should include in my election statement, which may be just one of dozens that will be sent out to electors in February. It reflects my considerable experience as an active, practical boat owner and volunteer involved in the inland waterways.

Canal and River Trust logoA personal perception by Stephen Peters (A candidate in the CRT elections – I think!)

When the call went out from the Canal & River Trust asking for boaters to be nominated for election to the Council, I gave it some thought and concluded that if I were to vote for a candidate, that person would need to reflect my philosophy and boating interests. Who better, I thought, than yours truly? I was extremely grateful to both NABO and The Boating Association for co-sponsoring me.

Canal & River TrustThe transition trustees of the new charity being established to tend 2,000 miles of canals and rivers in England and Wales from April 2012 have today (6 October) announced that it will be called the Canal & River Trust (or Glandwr Cymru in Wales) and have unveiled its new symbol.