THE entire Cheshire section of an historically important canal has been deemed among the best kept green spaces in the country.

On Thursday, September 14, waterways and well-being charity, the Canal and River Trust (C&RT), confirmed the final 33-mile stretch of the Trent and Mersey Canal to achieve Green Flag status has now received the prestigious accolade. 

It was also confirmed the section of the Weaver Navigation between Runcorn to Winsford, including the Anderton Boat Lift, keeps its Green Flag status for 2023/24. 

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard green spaces across the UK and around the world.

C&RT chief executive, Richard Parry, says the achievement is ‘testament to everyone who works or volunteers for the trust', adding: “These Green Flags showcase the breadth of what the waterways have to offer: free, accessible green space on the doorstep of millions.

“Our historic canals are places in our towns and cities where people can relax, get close to nature and feel the health benefits of spending time by water.

“Caring for a 2,000-mile canal network is a challenge, with our ageing waterways vulnerable to changing weather patterns, daily wear and tear, and perennial problems like litter and encroaching vegetation.

“This impressive number of Green Flags is a testament to everyone who works or volunteers with the Trust, including those in the community who play such a vital part in helping to look after their local canal.”