It's hard to overestimate just how important our canals and rivers were in shaping the Britain we live in today. They contributed phenomenal growth of trade during the 18th and early 19th centuries and brought prosperity to villages, towns and cities.
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Here we are in the 21st century and canals still have the ability to attract investment, stimulate growth and create jobs. Of course today this growth is fuelled by people rather than freight - we want to live by the waterways, work alongside them and spend more of our free time by the water.
Cheryl Blount-Powell, senior development manager from the Canal & River Trust, will explore how the waterways can add value and present regeneration opportunities by placemaking, through case studies on the Port Loop and the Roundhouse in Birmingham, and the Canalside Quarter in South Wolverhampton.
The event will start with lunch and networking followed by an hour's presentation from Cheryl Blount-Powell, senior development manager from the Canal & River Trust.
This event is in support of LandAid, to help fund the provision of 150 bed spaces for young homeless people throughout the UK. With this in mind we would ask for a minimum donation of £5 to attend this event on the day.