Who Are We

Urban Moorings CIC are a group of boaters who
have lived and worked on the canals of the UK
for many years. Working with the aim of wanting
to create mooring sites that boaters actually want,
integrating ecology, history, art and volunteering.

Slow Regeneration

We came up with a unique concept based on the
idea of 'Slow Regeneration' which allows us to
develop moorings without having to spend millions
of pounds and digging big soul less holes filled with
water tagged onto the canal.

Follow Our Journey

Here is our Journey on how we plan to turn derelict
and unprofitable pieces of land that CRT own into
self managed boater run moorings.

Friday, 30 March 2018 16:07

Bearing Gifts

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Had a visit from Catherine, one of our volunteers and supporters. She came bearing gifts ---- a load of timber that she has rescued ( with permission ) from the skip where she works. We will make good use of it as we are starting to plan the green house at the front.

Saturday, 24 March 2018 16:29

BCN Cleanup 2018

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Thanks to the big BCN clean up who paid us a visit today and took a load of scrap/rubbish. Every year the IWA, WRG and BCN society organise workboats and invite volunteers to help them remove rubbish from the canal.

Sunday, 28 January 2018 18:29

Building the Moorings has Started

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Well after months and months of producing reports after reports, concept drawings showing how we going to build the mooring. Risk assessments, Method statements and insurance. We produced a report 18 pages long!!! Anyway we have finally got permission to build the walkway and moorings. 

Friday, 29 December 2017 20:45

One Year (and a bit) On

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So just over a year ago we all arrived at our patch. Had to moor about 4 foot away from the collapsed and eroded bank, tie up to buddleia stumps then hack our way in. After which we had to remove  various bits of junk from the arm so that at least one of our boats could moor in the arm even if it was tied onto trees.

Thursday, 27 July 2017 14:21

Urban Moorings ethos

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The canals provide an interesting backdrop to live and work.

Friday, 24 March 2017 20:14

Spring has Sprung!

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Its been a bit quiet here for the last few weeks what with the less than pleasant weather and a few personal issues (NB DaVinci flooded) to contend with.

Monday, 23 January 2017 20:03

Sheds and Much More.

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Well this past month has seen Christmas come and go and a new year begin. HAPPY 2017 TO EVERYONE. We had a lovely time and enjoyed our celebratory meal in a shed, yes no joking, it was in a shed. Table laid, shed tastefully decorated and we had music too. Coffee made by using the small camping stove. Even went posh with After Eight mints!!

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 19:47

One Month On

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Well one month ago we all arrived here at Urban Moorings and what a day that was!! Had to remove a supermarket delivery trolley and a couple of chairs and assorted detritus from the arm just to get two of the boats in and moored up.

Friday, 16 September 2016 19:04

The Beginning of 'The Plan' and a Change of Direction

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Like most good plans, the seed of the idea had been conceived several years previously when Alison and Louise had a winter mooring at the former Sampson Rd Depot at Camp Hill in Birmingham;

Working With

Urban Moorings Team

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Paul Howland

Site Director
paul@urbanmoorings.co.uk
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Alison Tuck

Site Director
ali@urbanmoorings.co.uk
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Louise Moore

Accounts Director
lou@urbanmoorings.co.uk
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Jennie Howland

Volunteer Co-coordinator
jennie@urbanmoorings.co.uk

Donate to The Project

Anything you can donate towards the project would be gratefully received. We can use the money to buy seed for the garden, food for the wildlife, cups of tea for volunteers, and materials to restore the historic buildings.

"Living on the canal provides a set of challenges that many on land have never experienced; self sufficiency being at the forefront. It gives us a unique way of looking at the world and our surroundings. Generating  power, getting water, emptying toilets, rubbish disposal, somewhere to moor access to shops, breakdowns: These are all day to day problems which have to be overcome. Forward thinking, creativity and planning are essential."

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Urban moorings wants to share this with land based dwellers

Building Moorings


We want to create moorings that are unique and offer flexibility to boat owners

Preserving Canal History


We want the history of the industrial Canal system to be available to see and be used by everyone.

Slow Regeneration


We want the site to evolve and develop overtime making it a flexible space that grows with need.

Community


We want to bring the canal and land communities together.