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Leaving a gift in your will

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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


Keeping a hidden treasure alive

John and his wife Janet became volunteers at Saltram in Devon in 2008. They oversaw many school visits, exhibitions and events, and trained as tour guides together. As the years passed, they moved to help in the Welcome Centre, the secondhand bookshop and the shop. They still took part in events in the house and garden and continued to lead tours. 

In 2022, John passed away, leaving behind a gift in his will to Saltram as a way to commemorate many years of joy from volunteering there. His legacy has gone towards the conservation of a notable painting, The Amphitheatre at Saltram by William Tomkins. This 18th-century painting has been conserved, aided by the use of infrared reflectography analysis, revealing some figures that were hidden under layers of discoloured varnish.

It took three months for conservator Alison to reveal these features, and thanks to the gift in John's will, many visitors will be able to see The Amphitheatre at Saltram in its original form.

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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.

A family exploring the parkland at Basildon Park, Berkshire

Leave a lasting legacy

If you're thinking about leaving a gift in your will, we've partnered with a number of specialists so you can write or amend a simple will for free, either online, over the phone or face to face.

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Leaving a gift in your will frequently asked questions 

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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Contact us to fulfil a legacy gift 

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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Browse Dear Future events 

Curious about how leaving a gift in your will could support us? 'Dear Future: I leave this place to you' is our programme of events about crucial conservation work that gifts of every size help to support. If you'd like to attend an event but can't find one near you, please email to suggest a location.

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Support us 

Whether you give to an appeal or volunteer your time, you’ll be helping to protect your favourite places. Find out how you can support our vital work.