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Jules Hudson is at one of the most iconic canals in the UK to find out why British Waterways is launching a recruitment drive for volunteers as it prepares to become a charity.

British Waterways is responsible for over two thousand miles of canals and navigable rivers across the country. Next year, it is just one of many bodies preparing to become a charity due to Government cuts. As part of this new status, the organisation is launching a recruitment drive for volunteers to train as lock keepers. Today's Open Country, is from Caen Hill locks in Devizes, one of the most impressive and iconic canals in the country. Jules Hudson finds out how important volunteers will be in maintaining our canals and what the future holds for British Waterways.

Presenter: Jules Hudson
Producer : Anna Varle.

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27 minutes

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Thu 1 Dec 2011 15:00