Living Waterways Award for festival

10th October 2014

The Rickmansworth Festival, organised by the heritage education charity, the Rickmansworth Waterways Trust, has achieved runner up in the Recreation and Tourism category of the Living Waterways Awards 2014.

These national awards, organised by the Canal and River Trust, celebrate the achievements of those who are working together to unlock the benefits of our canals and rivers.

Members of RWT with Councillor Keith Williams and Chairman Chris LloydTony Hales, Chairman of the Canal & River Trust, said: “The Living Waterways Awards celebrate the individuals, communities and organisations that have done the most to make a difference to the nation’s historic canals and rivers - making them exciting places to live, learn and spend time.

“Our panel of independent experts, headed up by Helen Carey, has been tremendously impressed with the quality of projects submitted. There’s so much to learn so much from these achievements and we wish everyone many congratulations on their tremendous success.”

The Trust progressed through the application process early this year and subsequently heard they had made it through to the initial selection stage. Just after this year’s Festival they hosted an assessment visit from two of the awards panel who asked all about the event and took away lots of documentation.

The meeting was supported by Festival partners at Three Rivers District Council and the Chamber of Commerce as well members of the Festival Team. They then received an invite to attend the award ceremony at the Tower Armouries in Leeds in September and found they had been awarded runner-up in a group with very strong competition.

This represents a fantastic achievement for the Festival Team of volunteers and reflects all the work that everyone puts in each and every year to make the event such a success. Dave Montague and his team have just held the first planning meeting for 2015 so if you want to get involved in helping run the event email

Press release issued by Rickmansworth Waterways Trust.