Last week saw the award ceremony for the 2013 Waterways Renaissance Awards and the announcement that our Tamar Catchment Plan Project was runner-up in the Strategy and Master-planning Category. There were ~100 entries across 12 categories in the awards this year, and we were one of 29 who made it through to the finals.We were up against stiff competition – the well-deserved winner was the Liverpool Waterspace Strategy, aimed at regenerating a huge area of Liverpool’s South Docks – so we were delighted that our project won second place.

Director of the Westcountry Rivers Trust, Dr Dylan Bright, said: “Given the competition, this award is a remarkable endorsement of our work with stakeholders to develop a catchment management plan for the Tamar. I am sure it will have challenged the judges at every stage. The very fact that a catchment management and ecosystem services project has been discussed, in detail, by a panel of waterways experts, we hope will be of great value in promoting a partnership approach to delivering a more sustainable future.”

You can watch our new animated video about the approach we took for the project on our YouTube channel here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnsAale9D_k

And you can read more about the project in our previous blog post here:

http://www.wrt.org.uk/?p=294

The Waterways Renaissance Awards recognise exceptional projects that are helping to care for canals and rivers across the UK.

Helen Carey, Chair Waterways Renaissance Awards Assessment Panel: “This is the eleventh year of the Waterways Renaissance Awards and once again we’ve seen some fantastic and truly inspiring projects from across the UK.  It’s vital that we protect our inland waterways and celebrate the work individuals and organisations are doing to ensure future generations can enjoy all they have to offer.

“We can all learn so much from these achievements, especially when it comes to engaging communities to make the most of their canals and rivers, and we wish them many congratulations on their tremendous success.”