25th September 2014
The Trust was a finalist in the Canal & River Trust Living Waterways Awards, held at the Royal Armouries at Leeds last night.
We were Commended in the Recreation and Tourism section.
Our submission included our annual Visitor Guide, our Festivals, Hollingwood Hub, our tripboats, our promotional trailer and our links with local tourist organisations.
The assessment panel commented: “Chesterfield Canal Trust uses The Hub and other amenities being created or restored along the canal very effectively to attract visitors, improve the area, increase visitor-spend and create new employment opportunities. The growing membership, festival and annual visitor guide are all testimony to the impressive reach of the Trust. They are using as many ways as possible to spread the word and build enthusiasm and support for the canal.”
Robin Stonebridge, Chair of the Chesterfield Canal Trust, said “This is national recognition for the work we do to bring people to the canal and promote local businesses.”
Tony Hales, Chairman of the Canal & River Trust, said: “The Living Waterways Awards celebrate the individuals, communities and organisations that have done the most to make a difference to the nation’s historic canals and rivers – making them exciting places to live, learn and spend time.
“Our panel of independent experts, headed up by Helen Carey, has been tremendously impressed with the quality of projects submitted. There’s so much to learn from these achievements and we wish everyone many congratulations on their tremendous success.”
Gemma Gregory (DCC Countryside Service), Alan James, Jim Bower and Robin Stonebridge with the award.
(Photo © Shaun Flannery Photography)