How legacies help

Heather and Gorse at Dunwich Heath © National Trust/Fisheye Images

Heather and Gorse at Dunwich Heath

What's great about a gift in your Will to the National Trust, is that every penny goes directly towards protecting the special places in our care. We guarantee not to spend any of it on general administration costs, or our day-to-day overheads.

Did you know that legacies help us to:

  • Keep on caring. Without legacies we'd face an uncertain future - they make up more than 20 per cent of our income.
  • Maintain and look after our places. We’re proud to be looking after the nation’s heritage for future generations - for ever, for everyone. But of course, huge ongoing costs mean that 3 out of every 4 of our places don’t make enough money to cover all the costs of conservation.
  • Act quickly in emergencies - for instance, when the floods hit the Lake District in 2009.
  • Make new acquisitions. When a place of huge national significance is put up for sale, we need access to funds to acquire it.
  • Fund once-in-a-lifetime projects.

Read about some of the work we have achieved thanks to legacies and donations.

Why do we need legacies?

We receive no state help for our general work and our membership fees aren’t enough to cover our ongoing costs.

We depend on legacies to help:

  • Protect over 700 miles of beautiful beaches, cliffs and headland.
  • Maintain over 300 historic houses, gardens, ancient monuments, nature reserves and parks.
  • Care for 250,000 ha of living countryside.


 Got a question about leaving a gift in a Will? Here you can find the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.

Your legacy guide

 Leaving us a gift in your will is not hard. We've put together a step by step guide to getting it right.

How you've helped

Read about how other supporter’s legacies and gifts have been used at some of our properties and see the difference they have made.

Contact the team

 If you have any questions or concerns about leaving a gift to us in your Will, feel free to contact our Legacies Team.

Attend an event

If you’re interested in attending one of our behind-the-scenes events to find out more about legacies, please give us a call on 01793 817685 or email us.

Order a brochure

If you would prefer to receive a guide to making or updating a Will through the post, either email us or call us on 01793 817699.