She will join current Patrons Sir Tony Baldry, former local MP, and actor Timothy West CBE.
Ms Prentis said: “I am very excited to be taking on the co-patron role alongside Sir Tony and the rest of the team. Banbury is a lovely town, and the canal an important part of its history. I know lots of work goes into keeping the canal and towpaths in good condition, and I am keen to get involved.”
Sir Tony added: “The Oxford Canal is a great asset for Banbury and the surrounding area. The Banbury Canal partnership is doing good work in helping maintain the canal and towpath and its good news that Victoria is getting involved as co-patron.”
The Banbury Canal Partnership combines volunteers and other organisations such as the Canal and Rivers Trust. The group works to clean up areas in and around the canal, and promote the route as a fantastic way to travel through north Oxfordshire.