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
- CRT Announces Spending Plans
spending has been outlined by the Canal & River Trust (CRT)
which says expenditure on its waterway network will rise to £85.4m
this year and continue to rise to £93m in 2016/17, writes
The detailed plan for major engineering projects, waterway maintenance
and customer service over the course of the 2014/15 financial year
is all targeted around improving and protecting the CRT’s
waterways for boating.
Planned major works expenditure for the year includes £6m
on repairing or reconstructing deteriorating embankments and culverts,
£6m on dredging and wash wall repairs and £2m repairing
Another £4.5m will be spent on protecting and improving water
supply to parts of the network and £4.5m repairing and strengthening
bridges, aqueducts, tunnels and cuttings.
In addition, the general waterway expenditure budget will include
£4m investment in lock gate replacements. £6.5m on planned
preventative works to minimise breakdowns, £8.5m on fixing
high priority faults and £9m on vegetation and waste management.
The dredging works are the next stage in the Trust’s enhanced
programme of £80m over ten years and will include work at
15 locations such as the Slough Arm, the Grand Union Canal and the
BCN Main Line.
CRT operations director Vince Moran said: “As well as
protecting the fabric of the waterways, the vast majority of this
investment - which equates to £230,000 each day - is focused
on improving the waterways for navigation so boaters in particular
will benefit from these works.”
- CRT Concerns About Live-Aboards
a boat on Canal & River Trust (CRT) waterways – without
a home mooring as ‘continuous cruisers’ - continues
to increase, especially in some popular areas, writes Harry Arnold.
The CRT is
concerned that the newcomers may not be aware of, or fully understand,
the requirement for bona fide navigation and may believe it is sufficient
simply to move around within a small area.
It says these
boaters therefore get a shock when they find that they are in breach
of the rules, and it is forced to embark on a time consuming and
costly enforcement process.
So the CRT is
reminding people taking up a new live-aboard lifestyle on its canals,
but without a home mooring, to think carefully about the demands
of living afloat through a series of awareness raising measures.
It is working
to publicise these constraints amongst home-seekers and boat sales
advertisers. The CRT is also aiming to provide clearer information
to the floating community so, from January 2014, will be contacting
everyone newly registering as a continuous cruiser to ensure they
fully understand the requirements.
If, after three
months, there is concern about a boat’s limited movement it
will send a reminder and invitation to contact the local enforcement
officer to discuss the cruising pattern.
they can’t meet the movement requirements they will need to
get a home mooring before their licence can be renewed.
head of boating, Sally Ash, said: “We want people thinking
of living afloat to be fully aware of the challenges, as well as
the benefits, before taking the leap. We hope that, by spreading
the message widely, people won’t end up making a costly mistake”.
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Based here at
Willowtree Marina in West London, our aim is to provide the best
quality training to you, our customer, through an expanding range
of courses which meet your needs.
now offering a range of RYA courses for the boater, supplemented
by general courses applicable to boating and the needs of local
Click here for details.
is proud to announce a new venture within the marina. We're opening
a children's nursery which will answer the needs of the community
and compliment existing provision.
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On The Water
is now hosting Black Prince Hire Boats.
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have been at Willowtree Marina for 3 years now and I have enjoyed
both staying here in this wonderfully maintained and tranquil marina
and the interaction with the marina staff who have on every occasion
provided a first rate service and have always gone the extra mile
in providing as much
support and assistance as possible.
one way I feel saddened to give my notice to terminate my mooring
as I feel a highly valued customer here, although there is a need
in me which requires change. Therefore I feel the need to move on.
However, the main joy of having a boat is being able to experience
different shores, which then fills me with excitement as I enjoy
change which has been embedded in me from my military career. I
would like to reiterate that I have enjoyed my time here on every
front and hope that I could again be offered a place within the
marina when I feel a change in the air."
Marina moorers now 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.