As Richard Parry and the Trustees attempt to rejig the Trust's structure, change boat licensing, tackle London's mooring issues and take over the Environment Agency navigations C&RT's highly paid spin doctors prefer to promote the well being of wildlife, get volunteers gardening or lock keeping, discuss planning policies in Wales and promote fishing. Oh, and poetry.
The lack of relevance of this propaganda to boaters or canal restorers is breathtaking, given the major issues and changes under way and in the first 18 days of January none of the output from C&RT's Public Relations team has made any attempt to keep us up to date.
Instead C&RT tells us it is working with Salford University to test the quality of wildlife habitats and biodiversity on five miles of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. It says: “We want to assess the quality and quantity of the fish stocks so we can take measures to improve the wider health of aquatic plants and animals in the canal at this protected site.”