Leave a gift in your will

Are you willing to help ensure the trees and woodland you love in your lifetime survive?

After you have taken care of your family and friends please consider remembering the Woodland Trust in your will. It's an incredible way to help secure the future of our precious trees and woods, ensuring people and wildlife can enjoy them for generations to come.

Legacy pledger Karen Shakespeare

Karen Shakespeare

"I am comforted that I have done something worthwhile as well as ensuring my loved ones are provided for."

Every single gift makes a real difference and we are grateful for each one. Legacies free from any restrictions are particularly important as they can be directed to where they are most urgently needed. However, if there is a particular activity or region you'd like to support please get in touch and we'll be happy to talk things through.

If you do choose to remember the Woodland Trust in this valuable way – thank you. We completely understand that leaving a gift in your will is a very personal decision, but we would be grateful if you could complete our simple form.

The form is not binding in any way and is fully confidential. Completing it will:

  • Help ensure any future communications are more relevant to you.
  • Allow us to show our appreciation by sending you a small gift.
  • Enable us to plan much more effectively.
Legacy pledger Roger Jefcoate

Roger Jefcoate CBE

"We like the idea of living memorials, and a legacy left to the Trust will be just that."

How your gift can help

Gifts left in wills bring in over a quarter of our funding. Many special people have provided us with vital income to help us protect irreplaceable ancient woodland, plant hundreds of thousands of new trees and inspire others to nurture woodland and wildlife.

Over the last three years, more than 80p in every pound from gifts in wills has been spent directly on the conservation of woods and trees. Below are just two examples of woods which have directly benefited from gifts kindly left in wills. 

Penn Wood, Buckinghamshire

Penn wood
Penn Wood

Alongside a strong supported fundraising campaign, five gifts in wills left to general funds helped save Penn from becoming a golf course and rescued it for future generations.

At 436 acres (176 ha) it is one of Britain's last remaining large areas of ancient woodland. Set in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), it contains rare habitats and a host of threatened and uncommon species.


Low Burnhall, County Durham

Burnhall wood
Low Burnhall

Three legacies collectively worth over £250,000 were instrumental in securing Low Burnhall in County Durham at auction. Gifts in wills which are not restricted are particularly vital in urgent situations like these as fundraising appeals simply can't be completed in time.

95,000 trees, including rare native black poplar, will now be planted here. Wildflowers will also be sown, providing new habitat, diversity and colour.

If you are an executor - please contact our specialised legal team on 08452 935 601.

We are unable to offer legal or financial advice and recommend that you obtain appropriate professional advice before making your will.

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View of Glenshane fields

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Fingle wood hills and wild flowers

Our legacy woods

Over 150 woods across the UK have directly benefited from gifts left to the Woodland Trust in wills

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Leaving a gift to the Woodland Trust in your will is simple and straightforward

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