The difference your gift could make

Every gift that is left to us makes a difference in a lasting way. Here are a few of many examples - what could a gift in your will do?

Wicken Fen's bird hide

One generous supporter loved to watch the birds at Wicken Fen, our oldest nature reserve. The Cambridgeshire wetlands are a precious habitat for a whole range of rare species, including hen harriers, bitterns and skylarks. She wanted the gift she left in her will to improve this special spot for others and, after talking to her family, we built a bird hide, overlooking the reed beds she loved.

Golden Cap's 'kissing' gate

Another supporter loved the view from Golden Cap in Dorset. She left a gift in her will to be used there and, thanks to her generosity, we were able to put in a new kissing gate. Now, people can walk up the Seatown route without having to clamber over a stile – it’s a small change that is appreciated by hundreds of people every year.

Rhossili Bay, Gower Peninsula, Swansea
Rhossili Bay, Gower Peninsula, Swansea National Trust Images / John Millar

Clumber Park greenhouses restored

A larger gift came from a former volunteer, who had worked in the Clumber Park country estate. The house is long gone, but the walled gardens remain, and that volunteer’s gift has helped restore all of the old greenhouses, with local apprentices making finely worked new sashes and joinery repairs.

That’s just a snapshot of what gifts in wills have helped us to do recently, but what they do in the future is in your hands.

We’re here to help and answer any questions. You can call us on 01793 817699, download our Gifts in Wills Guide or email the Gifts in Wills team. Alternatively, write to: Gifts in Wills team, National Trust, Heelis, Kemble Drive, Swindon, SN2 2NA.


A gift remembered gives Kingston Lacy an orchard

Meet Alec and Pearl in our video and see the orchard they're helping to grow to remember their loved ones who left a gift to Kingston Lacy in Dorset. 'Kingston Lacy has become part of our lives because of a gift of a legacy from my uncle and aunt... they thought it was just the most beautiful place.' Pearl, National Trust supporter