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Leaving a gift in your will

Visitors walking in the Walled Garden in autumn at Tatton Park, Cheshire
Visitors walking in the Walled Garden in autumn at Tatton Park, Cheshire | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Gifts in wills help care for the places that really matter, from natural spaces and irreplaceable landscapes where wildlife can flourish, to unique buildings we can all enjoy exploring. Please consider leaving a gift in your will to us.

Gifts in Wills Guide

Find out how leaving a gift in your will to the National Trust will help nature recover, bring people closer to it and ensure our shared history continues to inspire us all.

Why gifts in wills are important

Without gifts in wills, the National Trust wouldn’t be able to protect and look after all the places in our care. Any legacy – no matter how large or small – makes a lasting difference and, if you like, you can choose to leave your gift to the place that matters most to you.

These beautiful places of nature and history are at risk, and recent times have shown how much we need these places to escape to. Gifts in wills support rangers, conservation experts and volunteers to replant hedgerows and wildflower meadows, repair coastal paths, protect historic homes, look after wildlife and so much more. Together, we can look after nature and history for generations to come.

How your gift will help

Your gift will only be used for the purpose you intend it for. This could be for anything you like, such as woodland or coast conservation, to help protect a particular historical property or to keep a garden in bloom for generations to come. Every penny of your gift will help to look after the places you love.

Our donor newsletter has more information on how gifts in wills have previously helped us. You can also read our Annual Report and statement of accounts to find out more.

Download our donor newsletter.

Read the 2022/23 annual report & statement of accounts.

Stories from behind the gifts

Mrs Harrington

A gift for future crumble bakers

Apple crumble was Mrs Harrington's favourite recipe to bake. It's very fitting that her gift to Tintinhull in Somerset has ensured that apple trees were planted along the border of its Kitchen Garden.

As well as buying the saplings, her gift also went towards the planting materials and high-quality garden posts, meaning the framework will last a lifetime. Mrs Harrington's gift also contributed towards the engraved metal labels for the trees so that visitors can enjoy learning about the different varieties on their visit.

'These apples should be in place for the next hundred years at least, so it's a very special and worthwhile project,' says Keri Phillips, General Manager at Tintinhull.

Tintinhull will now be a special place to visit for Mrs Harrington's family. Her daughter, Caroline, visits the trees regularly to enjoy them as they grow. 'The trees are doing well and just starting to bud,' she says. 'We went to see them two weeks ago, just to check them over.'

Overbecks in Somerset also received some funding as part of Mrs Harrington's gift.


Dr Bob Park and Louise Baxter’s gifts

Watch the video to learn why Bob and Louise have chosen to support the National Trust with a gift in their will. Bob has special memories of taking his grandchildren to Bateman’s in Sussex, and Louise holds a connection to Coughton Court in Warwickshire, which is where she and her family have spent precious time together.

Visitors ascending the oak staircase at Mompesson House

Leave a lasting legacy

If you want to leave a gift in your will, we've partnered with a number of legal specialists so you can write or amend a will for free, either online, over the phone or face to face.

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If you're considering leaving us a gift in your will, you may have some questions about the process – find out how to contact our Legacy team and answers to the most commonly asked questions.

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Learn how our Legacy Administration team can help if you’re a solicitor or executor managing a legacy gift left for the National Trust.

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Get in touch with the team 

Do you have any further questions about leaving a gift in your will to the National Trust, or would you like to talk anything through? Contact our helpful Gifts in Wills Team with an enquiry.

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Gifts in wills 

From restoring world-famous art to protecting wildlife habitats, gifts in wills are used right at the heart of the work we carry out at special places. Please consider leaving a legacy to help look after the places you love.

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Join Inside the Trust: A free Christmas online event 

As a thank you for your support, we'd like to invite you to Inside the Trust: A free Christmas online event. You'll go behind the scenes to see how some properties prepare for Christmas, and learn more about the projects that have been made possible by gifts in wills. This special online event will be held on Monday 18 December at 2pm.