This month sees the transfer of all canals and rivers in England and Wales to a new charity, the Canal and River Trust, which I am pleased to see has received an ongoing funding pledge from the government. We welcome the opportunity for volunteers to get more involved with preserving Hackney and Islington's historic canal network, which is an important part of our heritage as well as being a place for recreation and also home to those who live on houseboats.
At the same time another important local green space is under threat, as funding has run out at the Eastern Curve Garden, an oasis of calm at busy Dalston junction.
With Mustafa Korel, Hackney Green's candidate for Hackney
Central at the Eastern Curve garden.
While we're on the subject I've been asked to point you towards this survey which will help improve the canal environment for everyone: www.waterscape.com/
It only takes a few minutes.