This Spring we invite you to join us on ‘The Super Slow Way’, the 20 miles stretch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal from Blackburn to Pendle.
Over the next six months, a series of projects and events will give residents living along the canal the opportunity to get involved, try something new and think about how the canal, and the many unused spaces alongside it, could become a great space for us all to use and share.
Whether it’s walking, canoeing or watching wildlife, planting a pop-up park, discovering new routes from your home to the canal or experimenting with temporary interactive light installations to make your journeys feel safer, reading on a beautiful library boat or stopping for a brew at a pop-up cafe, join us to enjoy the space and shape a vision of what this vital green space could become.
The Super Slow Way are looking for ideas that could happen around the canal and be a part of its future. We have between £250 – £1,500 for you to help make something happen.
We are interested in imaginative ideas that will bring people together. This could be anything from a picnic to a performance or an art installation, something that is temporary. The Super Slow Way work with the Canal & River Trust, so if you wanted to do something along the canal like painting or planting trees, we can help make that happen. Just email or call us. We want to know who you are, where you live and what you want to do. To apply, you must live or work near the canal from Blackburn to Pendle and have something you can do before June. We want to hear your ideas that would get people together, maybe try something new and celebrate the people and land around the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.
Please send in your ideas to Sam@SuperSlowWay.org.uk – we want to hear who you are, what you want to do and where you want to do it.
The deadline is Monday 14th March. If you have any questions, please get in touch.
The Pennine Lancashire Linear Park pilot project is funded by the UK Government via the UK Community Renewal Fund.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I do?
We are interested in imaginative ideas that will bring people together. This could be anything from a picnic to a performance or an art installation. The Super Slow Way work with the Canal & River Trust, so if you wanted to do something along the canal like painting or planting trees, we can help make that happen. Just email or call us. We want to know who you are, where you live and what you want to do. If you have previous experience doing things related to your idea that would be good to hearbut we also want to hear from people who might be doing something for the first time. It would also be handy if you had a place in mind where you want to do your activity. It might be outdoors, in a local café or pub or at a nearby community centre. Any photos, drawings or maps that might help us understand your idea are also welcome (but please don’t spend too much time on this, we are more interested in the idea than anything else!)
When is the deadline?
The deadline to give us your ideas is Monday the 14th of March 2022.
How much can I get?
We are offering between £250 – £1500 to help make your idea happen. The money can go towards covering your time, any equipment you might need, money to rent a space or maybe pay someone else (an artist or musician for example) to come and work on your idea with you.
Where can it happen?
Anywhere within 5 minutes walking distance of the canal is good. For this part of the projectwe are interested in hearing from people based anywhere near the canal from Blackburn to Pendle (including Accrington, Burnley and any other place that this stretch of the Leeds & Liverpool canal passes through).
Do I need to live next to the canal?
No, we welcome ideas from any community that is linked to the canal.
When does it need to happen by?
Your idea will need to be finished by June 19th 2022. It can start or end any time before then. It could be something that happens more than once or just happen on a single day. We are interested in ideas that are temporary in nature – from one off events to something that can be moved after June. If you have an idea for something more permanent, get in touch and we may have other projects you might be interested in.
How many ideas are you funding?
We are looking for around 20 projects.
Who can apply?
You can apply by yourself or as part of a group or organisation. This project is aimed at community groups, artists, makers, gardeners and people living along the canal.
Where can I find out more about the Linear Park project?
The Super Slow Way Linear Park is an ambitious vision that hopes to demonstrate how the Leeds & Liverpool Canal corridor can be developed as a major asset for the communities that live in this part of East Lancashire.
The Linear Park concept seeks to marry physical improvements to landscape, infrastructure and buildings, to expansive programmes of environmental, cultural, leisure, educational and economic activity which can be tested by live projects with communities to help build a safer, greener, more productive, active environment and nurture a unique sense of place, using the Leeds & Liverpool Canal as a vehicle for bringing people together on a waterway that everyone shares.
More information can be found on our website at https://superslowway.org.uk/projects/ .
I have questions that aren’t answered here.
Anything that isn’t answered here, please feel free to e-mail us at Sam@SuperSlowWay.org.uk and we will get back to you.