CANAL & River Trust has applied for Green Flag status for a stretch of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, between Uppermill and Greenfield.
The scheme, run by Keep Britain Tidy, is a non-profit international accreditation scheme recognising and rewarding well-managed parks and green spaces annually.
Any free to enter public park or green space is eligible to apply for Green Flag recognition.
But the CRT want the public to know their blue watery spaces can have the same positive, wellbeing impacts as green grassy ones.
Launched in 2012, the charity looks after and brings to life 2000 miles of British Waterways’ canals, rivers, reservoirs and docks in England and Wales, safeguarding them for the future.
Research shows spending time by water, whether it be on your lunchbreak, daily commute or just a weekend stroll, rmakes us feel happier and healthier.
Green Flag status will bring a wealth of benefits to the local community by ensuring there is access to quality open green spaces.
It is also an excellent example of civic achievement and provides communities with a sense of civic pride.
There are already around 300 miles of Green Flag canals, including 41 miles of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and 44 miles of the Chesterfield Canal.
Area Operations Manager for Canal & River Trust, Mark Ferris, said: “The Canal & River Trust has ambitious plans to gain Green Flag accreditation for as much of our canal network throughout the North West, and the Huddersfield Narrow Canal through Saddleworth is no exception.
“With its beautiful landscape, diverse wildlife and swathes of heritage, it’s a perfect platform to build on and we believe that not only will it further benefit the local community, but it will bring this local asset to an even wider audience.
“We believe Life is Better By Water, and we are keen to work with our local volunteer groups and the wider community to really demonstrate and showcase this.
“Green Flag Status sets the bar in terms of visitor experience, and once achieved will be something the community, including ourselves, can be really proud of.”
• If you would like to get involved with your local Canal & River Trust volunteer group, or for more information, visit: www.canalrivertrust.org.uk