A canal is an artificial waterway constructed to allow the passage of boats or ships inland or to convey water for irrigation and there are a large number of these making up a network of inland waterways in the United Kingdom. They have a colourful history and have had a number of uses over the years from irrigation to transport, the latter being particularly important during the Industrial revolution.
UK canals are used for leisure, transport and irrigation
Despite a period of abandonment, the canal system of the UK is again being used for a number of purposes including recreational boating, and long abandoned and derelict canals are being reopened and even new routes built. Although most canals are maintained by the Canal and River Trust there are still some that are privately owned. There are canals in many parts of the UK and Europe and they run through towns and cities, passing by factories and private residences.
Canals, like rivers, need to be kept silt and debris free
Like rivers, they too need to be monitored and cared for and the water managed and so require time and effort to ensure they stay clean and well managed and debris free. Debris and silt can clog up a canal and make it impassable for barges and boats. Canals can also be wildlife havens and are therefore an important part of our environment so worth looking after.
The traditional use of canals has not been forgotten but now canals don’t just move heavy goods. Fibre-optic cables hidden below the towpaths carry the traffic of modern information technology and also canals are used to transfer water from regions of surplus to areas where it is most needed. Such operations are very much the part of the hidden work of canals, as most people see them as a place of leisure - for walking, boating, cycling, fishing and enjoying their industrial history and wildlife.
Heathland Aquatic Engineering undertake a range of maintenance work on canals
Heathland Aquatic Engineering undertake all sorts of maintenance work that ensure canals runs clear and free. Our team of professional engineers are on call 24/7 to support our customers with any emergency.
We are based in Norfolk but we supply all the necessary equipment and our services to domestic and commercial clients throughout the United Kingdom. For more information and advice about any canal services such as dredging, plant and weed clearance, erosion control, bank stabilisation, canal redevelopment or any other aspect of canal management please email [email protected] or call 0800 3891990.