Award recognition for Loxwood Canal Centre

Development of the canal centre at Loxwood, West Sussex on the Wey & Arun Canal has been singled out for praise in two categories at a recent national awards ceremony.

The Wey & Arun Canal Trust’s Loxwood Canal Centre, which was officially opened last year, was awarded a commendation in the Recreation and Tourism category, as well as in the Design and Construction category at the recent 2013 Waterways Renaissance Awards.

The Waterways Renaissance Awards, which are organised by the Canal and Rivers Trust, recognise exceptional projects that are helping to care for canals and rivers across the UK.

“This is the 11th year of the Waterways Renaissance Awards and once again we’ve seen some fantastic and truly inspiring projects from across the UK,” said chair of the awards’ assessment panel Helen Carey.

“It’s vital that we protect our inland waterways and celebrate the hard 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 and we wish everyone many congratulations on their tremendous success.”

Wey & Arun Canal Trust’s chairman Sally Schupke said: “These prestigious national awards are only given to exceptional projects; to reach the finals, our entry had to go through three stages of judging, so we are very pleased to have the project recognised at this level.”