When you leave a gift in your Will to the Canal & River Trust, you’ll do more than protect our waterways. You’ll pass on a place where history lives on, where memories are made, where people have the chance to slow down and remember what's important.
Now more than ever, we’re relying on gifts in Wills from supporters like you.
Who built our canals? Great industrialists and engineers, like Bridgewater and Brindley, spring to mind, but it was the labour and toil of thousands of unsung 'navvies' who cut those early navigations across England and Wales. It is their legacy that we're thankful for today.
By leaving us a gift in your Will, you'll be leaving a legacy of your own. Your legacy will mean that, in years to come, waters can continue to flow through over 2,000 miles of canals and rivers.
Your legacy will pass on 250 years of history and heritage
Stretching back more than two centuries, our canals are a living museum of the nation’s engineering and history – beautiful bridges, iconic aqueducts and an incredible infrastructure of networked canals that have stood the test of time.
From their beginnings as the beating heart of the nation’s industry, through facing abandonment as inland cargo switched to road and rail, our waterways have withstood neglect and now provide a place of escape, joy and wonder for everyone.
Your legacy will protect and pass on our waterways to the next generation
Your love of the waterways can live on, in the sunlight that dapples the water, in the beauty of a kingfisher’s plumage as it dives, and in the carpet of bluebells that signals the arrival of spring each year. By making a gift in your Will – and telling us about it now – you give us the security that comes from knowing we’ll have a guaranteed future income, when the time comes.