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Dedications on the waterways

Dedicate a spot on our waterways with a bench, plaque, or something more unique and support canals for generations to come.

Donations cover the purchase and installation of the dedication, ongoing maintenance for a set period and a contribution to our wider work. Every donation received will help to keep the canals you love alive, with nature and their heritage protected for the future.


If you would like a special space to remember your loved one somewhere on our network, a memorial bench is a wonderful way to honour their memory. For memorial benches we request a donation of £4,000.

Pre-installed bench

Dedicate a bench already installed on the waterways with your own special message for £1,800.

Coming soon – Memory Tree

Have a special dedication to your loved one by engraving their name on an ornamental leaf of our thoughtfully designed memory tree, for a donation of £200. Available soon at select locations across the network there your loved ones will sit alongside other supporters of the waterways.

Bespoke opportunities

You can also help protect and maintain our amazing network by dedicating a lock gate. These special opportunities start at around £40,000, depending on the location and complexity of the lock.

We’d be delighted to work with you to dedicate your donation and involve you personally in the process of restoring our historic assets. If you’d like to learn more about our higher value dedication opportunities including lock gates, please contact Pearl Smith at [email protected].

Last Edited: 11 April 2024

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