Leave a gift to protect the Lake District

The Lake District was the inspiration for Beatrix Potter's children's stories

What does the Lake District mean to you? Whether you’re an artist, sightseer, walker or writer the Lakes has something to offer everyone.

For Beatrix Potter, the Lake District was not only the inspiration for her children’s stories, but also a place to live, farm, and home to her beloved Herdwick sheep. They were also the inspiration to leave something truly precious behind – something that would outlast her. To ensure future generations could enjoy the Lake District that she got so much enjoyment from, Beatrix Potter left a gift in her will to the National Trust of 4,000 acres and 15 farms.

And if you could peer behind the serene beauty of the Lake District you would see the names of countless other people etched into the landscape. People who left a gift in their will so we can rebuild damaged stone walls, restore footpaths eroded by millions of walking boots, and maintain historic farms, buildings and houses, such as Wray Castle and Wordsworth House. These gifts are crucial to helping us protect wildlife habitats, like that of the red squirrel, and plant native trees and shrubs that look after the Lakes’ wild, lyrical beauty.

A gift in your will can help to keep the views and walks, climbs and heritage you love open to all – so that special moments keep being made and enjoyed here, for ever, for everyone.

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Tell us about what the Lakes mean to you and if you could protect it with a gift in your will.

One of our supporter's, Margaret, is helping to look after the Lake District with a gift in her will.

For Margaret, the Lake District is the place she holidayed as a child, and also where she was evacuated to during the Second World War. Now her ‘great escape’, Margaret is leaving a gift in her will to look after the countryside in the Lakes so that others can enjoy it as much as she has, and continues to do so.

" I think Beatrix Potter is the most fantastic lady. Not just for her work and what she did – but what she gave to all of us through her gift of the Lakes."
- Margaret Whitehead, Pledger

If you’d like to leave a gift in your will to help look after the Lakes in the future, you might want to use this wording:

'I bequeath to the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty ("the Trust") of Heelis, Kemble Drive, Swindon, Wiltshire SN2 2NA, Registered Charity No. 205846 [specific sum or shared residue] to be used by the Trust at its discretion for or towards the upkeep, maintenance or improvement of The Lake District.’

To find out more call 01793 817699 or email the Gifts in Wills team.