Leaving a gift to save our coastline

Watch our latest video and hear from David and Annette Hodges about their love of Stackpole on the Pembrokeshire coast – an estate that’s been occupied since the Norman age.

Your gifts in wills help look after the coast you love

Thanks to the amazing generosity of our supporters, and 50 years of the Neptune Coastline Campaign, we now manage more than 775 miles of beautiful UK coastline. Gifts in wills have been fundamental to this success, accounting for over 90 per cent of all donations supporting our work along the British coast.

Do our short survey: tell us about your connection to the coast

It would really help us if you could answer a few simple questions about your connection to the coast and if you might consider supporting our coastal conservation work with a gift in your will, so we can inspire others to help us protect our coastline.

Recent achievements

Gifts in wills have helped us with the recent acquisition of Parc Farm near the summit of Pen-y-Gogarth (the Great Orme) in Wales. Thanks to our generous supporters this stretch of coastline is now better defended against insensitive development, and its fragile landscape and threatened rare plants and insects can be better safeguarded for the future.

Work is also now underway to restore parts of the North Down Coastal Path that runs continuously for 16 miles from Holywood to Orlock, thanks to a gift left by Thomas Dorman from Holywood in County Down. He enjoyed his local coast paths so much that he left a generous gift in his will to the National Trust to protect them. We’ll be replacing the main flight of steps and a pedestrian footbridge, and will also put in path drainage and resurface storm-damaged sections of the path at Orlock and Ballymacormick Point, which is in our care. Thanks to Thomas, many more people can enjoy this stretch of the coast for years to come.

Looking to the future

Coastal erosion and changing land use are constant challenges we face as we work to manage this landscape. This will be true for the next 50 years, and the next. This means that the ongoing generosity of our supporters in response to coastal appeals – as well as gifts in wills for the coast – will continue to play an essential part in helping us to maintain a living coastline that is enjoyed by generations of people to come.

Suggested wording for your will to remember the coast

If you’d like to leave a gift in your will to help look after the coast in the future, you might find this wording helpful:

'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 coastline.’

To leave a gift in your will or to find out more call 01793 817699 or email the Gifts in Wills team.