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"Duck Lanes" Are Popping Up Along Canal Walkways In England

May 28, 2015 By Christi Mulligan

The Canal & River Trust is a charitable trust that was designed to care for the 2,000 miles of inland waterway network that exists throughout England and Wales, including the pathways that surround them.

Designed as a conservation effort, the trust views the waterways as needed space, an escape that is just a few steps away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Also seen as a place where the children of the area can experience and interact with wildlife, the group is trying to share the history of the towpaths that are alongside the rivers and bring awareness to the idea of "sharing space" with animals.

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One such group of animals that needed space were ducks, and so the trust, along waterway paths in London, Birmingham and Manchester, painted new duck lanes in the towpath. The area is separated with a white line, marking a space for the feathered friends.

Towpaths were not originally designed to be a modern "step away" from city life, but were actually a path beside a river or canal for use by the horses on the banks that were towing the barges. You can follow this effort at #sharethespace.

Via: Bored Panda | Canal River & Trust

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