We could be heroes

Streamers are at the ready: the Trust has been nominated for a Historic England Angel Award!


(Pictured from left to right: Heritage Heroes Veteran; Sarah Brice – Project Manager, Canal & River Trust; Mike Lee – Project Manager, Help for Heroes)

The ambitious canal restoration and career recovery programme that the Canal & River Trust runs with Help for Heroes has been recognised by Historic England as one of 12 outstanding projects across the country that have helped bring unique and historic places back to life.

By giving veterans returning from military service the opportunity to restore 200-year-old canals, the Heritage Heroes programme not only breathes new life back into our network, it gives these highly skilled individuals the chance to make the most of life outside the armed forces.

Since it began, the programme has helped smooth the transition to civilian life for 60 injured and sick service personnel and veterans, creating opportunities to learn new skills, gain qualifications and work as a team in the great outdoors. Not only that, it’s helped inspire the public to get involved in restoration projects too and sign up to volunteer with the Trust.

“I am always impressed by the tireless commitment shown by our Angel Award nominees working together to care for our shared heritage.” Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, says. “It is essential that we champion the volunteers and heritage professionals whose work ensures we can continue to enjoy England’s wonderful historic sites for generations to come.”

The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony at the Palace Theatre, London, on 20 November. And while the four category winners and overall winner will be decided by the judges, each project is in the running for the Historic England Followers’ and Telegraph Readers’ Favourite award, chosen by the public.

Voting is now open – watch our video and cast your vote before 5 November here.

Historic England