Gifts in wills

Remember the places that are special to you. Remember the National Trust with a gift in your will.

Whatever place has captured your heart, help us to protect it forever © National Trust

Whatever place has captured your heart, help us to protect it forever

Why leave a gift in your will

Without gifts in wills, the National Trust would face an uncertain future as a charity. They are that important.

Caring for special places is a big responsibility. We do it because the alternative – losing the historic houses, countryside and coast we love – is unthinkable.

As a charity independent of Government, the membership and visitor fees we receive are vital but they aren’t enough to cover our on-going costs.

The gifts that generous supporters leave us in their wills vary each year. But they often make up more than 10 per cent of our income. They’re essential if we’re to continue:

  • protecting over 775 miles of beaches, cliffs and headland
  • maintaining more than 300 historic houses, gardens, ancient monuments, nature reserves and parks
  • caring for 250,000 hectares of countryside

Can you help us to secure their future and to remember the causes you and your loved ones are passionate about?

Any gift, no matter how large or small, makes a lasting difference. Rest assured that whatever gift you leave will be used wisely and effectively.

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.

Meet two volunteers who’ve pledged a gift

David and Christine Griffin have pledged a legacy to Hughenden Manor in Buckinghamshire, so they can continue enjoying this National Trust place with their family, and be assured their grandchildren's grandchildren can too.

Christine Griffin says:

We’d like to leave some bequest because it’s so important to save all these places for the future. The National Trust takes over these places that could fall into disrepair or be knocked down and saves them for us to visit. We really must help.

Christine Griffin, volunteer at Hughenden Manor

How to leave a gift

Whether you’re making a will for the first time or changing an existing one, it’s easier than you might think.

How your gift helps

New gardens, plants, repaired artefacts, buildings and coastal paths.... your gift can help us save the nation’s heritage.

Executor or solicitor?

If you're carrying out the wishes in someone's will, we can give advice on what's needed and who to contact.

Inside the recently restored Mount Stewart house © Elaine Hill

Inside the recently restored Mount Stewart house

Attend a special event

Join one of our Gift for the Future events and go on a behind-the-scenes tour and to find out more about leaving a gift in your will. Give us a call on 01793 817685 to book a place or email the Gifts in Wills team. There’s a reasonable charge to cover costs on the day.

  • Mount Stewart, Northern Ireland, Monday 7 September, 10am to 3.30pm
  • Cragside, Northumberland, Monday 14 September, 10am to 4pm
  • Ightham Mote, Kent, Monday 21 September, 3pm to 7pm
  • Saltram, Devon, Thursday 24 September, 11am to 3.30pm