Willowtree Marina, located on the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union
Canal in West London, offers that rare combination of easy accessibility,
security and attractiveness for so many canal based activities.
There is a quiet
pride in what is on offer here and we hope you will feel this too.
Willowtree Marina has set its sights on becoming a leader on the
Inland Waterways. A desire to uphold the best of our canal past
has been coupled to a management commitment for Customer Care, Quality
Assurance and Environmental Protection.
is you are looking for - be it moorings for boats, locations for
filming, a centre for canal events, wildlife photography, walking,boat
hire base, etc. - Willowtree Marina should be your first port of
- Housing Costs Forcing Move to Waterways
The rise in
houseboat ownership in London has put the capital's canals under
immense preasure, as a growing number of people choose the cheaper
option of living on the water as a way of coping with unaffordable
high rent prices.
has been a 36% rise in boat numbers in the last five years. However
some hotspots in London have seen a 85% increase in boat numbers
in the last year alone.
But as the number
of boats rise London's waterways are struggling to cope, according
to the Canal and River Trust. CRT recently had to take on extra
staff and volunteers to cope with this rise in numbers.
Most boat owners
in London have continous cruising licences, which mean that boats
can't stay in the same area for more than two weeks. New regulations
also mean boats need to travel a minimum of 20 miles per year to
ensure they don't just move short distances in the same popular
issue which has come to light is the increasing tension between
new boaters and the older members of the community who have been
boating for years.
need to understand the nature of their boats.' said one boat
owner of more than 18 years. 'I really feel strongly about this.
Those canals were built by a lot of hard-working people. They were
built for boats to move on not for people to doss on or looking
for somewhere cheap to live.'
He advises anyone
thinking about buying a boat to hire one first. 'You'll be taught
how to steer it, how to check the engine every day and that way
you'll find out if you actually like living on a boat.'
- Teasel Nursery Wins National Award
was only established 12 months ago at Willowtree Marina and has
already scooped a nationally prestigious award from Nursery World.
Competition was intense with some very exceptional and committed
entries, but eventually Teasel Nursery was judged to be the clear
was 'Enabling Environments' and Teasel exhibited, in the words of
the judges, 'Vision, ethos and philosophy in buckets.'
This is a great
start for the nursery and we all wish them the very best in the
future. I wonder what they'll achieve next year?
On The Water
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have really enjoyed our stay at Willowtree. The people are great
and you guys have been fantastic. We have loved the proximity to
London and have been using the boat as a base to go explore every
our circumstances change and we are able to move south again, we
would be grateful if you would put us on the waiting list."
Marina moorers have acess to the internet from their boats via a
wifi link. This is available to visiting boats as well. Just ask
in the marina office for details.