Fountains Supports Living Waterways Awards
9th October 2015
Fountains proudly supported the 2016 Living Waterways Awards, which celebrate the work done by individuals, communities and organisations to improve their canals and rivers, making them exciting places to live, learn and spend time.
The Awards recognise the most inspiring and exciting waterway-based projects spanning the UK across seven categories: Art & Interpretation, Contribution to the Built Environment, Community & Volunteering, Education & Learning, Natural Environment, Recreation & Tourism and Restoration & Historic Environment.
Fountains sponsored the Natural Environment award and, as part of the Awards process, Rob Howes, regional operations manager for Fountains' Canal & Rivert Trust contract, took part in assessing entries and presented the winner with their prestigious accolade at a gala ceremony in London.
Forming part of the independent panel of experts, led by Christopher Rodigues CBE, Rob helped select this year's finalists and, after a series of visits and assessments, winners. The Awards ceremony was held on the 8th October in Westminster and Rob was proud to present the Natural Environment award to the Inland Waterway Association for their hugely successful campaign to tackle the spread of the highly invasive Himalayan Balsam plant.
Rob said: "It was a very worthwhile and rewarding experience. There were some truly wonderful projects and the sense of community both on site and at the awards ceremony was amazing."
By sponsoring these awards and celebrating excellence through them, Fountains echoes Prince Charles' hope, as patron of C&RT, that other groups across the country will be inspired to transform their waterways and that vital skills will be shared and passed on.