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Gifts in wills are helping restore key ancient woodlands – home to threatened species such as the dormouse which has become extinct over half its former range in England in the last 100 years (Photo: K West/WTML)

Your legacy will always grow with the Woodland Trust.

We owe a particular thanks to those who kindly remember the work of the Woodland Trust in their wills, knowing we will ensure their wishes count after they have gone.

Gifts in wills underpin everything that we do: protecting, restoring and creating woods across the country.

After you have taken care of your family and friends please consider remembering the Woodland Trust in your will and create a lasting legacy by helping to secure the future of our precious trees and woods.

Every single gift makes a real difference and we are very 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 really appreciate it if you could complete our simple form.

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

  • Help ensure future communications are more relevant to you
  • Allow us to show our appreciation with a small gift
  • Enable us to plan much more effectively

Why they are giving

Legacy pledger Karen Shakespeare

Karen Shakespeare, Woodland Trust supporter

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

Legacy pledger Roger Jefcoate

Roger Jefcoate CBE, Legacy pledger

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

Legacy pledger Simon Mageean

Simon Mageean, Director of woodland operations

"Without legacies, hundreds of threatened ancient woodlands would have been lost, and dozens of wonderful new woods simply wouldn’t exist."

How your gift can help

More than a quarter of all our funding comes from extraordinary people - just like you - who remember the Woodland Trust in their wills, helping 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 legacy gifts 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 vital legacies were instrumental in securing Low Burnhall in County Durham at auction. Gifts in wills which are not restricted are particularly important in urgent situations like these as fundraising appeals simply can't be completed in time.

We have added to the existing magnificent ancient semi-natural woodland by planting tens of thousands of native trees, including rare native black poplar. Wildflowers have been sown to provide new habitat, diversity and colour. New paths, rides and open spaces have also been created.

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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Our legacy woods

Gifts left in wills underpin everything we do but over 200 woods across the UK have directly benefited from legacies

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