Leaving a Lasting Legacy

‘The future is much too important to be left to chance… …I am sure that, like me, you are also concerned about the future of our planet.” Sir David Attenborough, Vice-President of The Wildlife Trusts

A Living Legacy

Making a will is the best way of ensuring that your assets are left to those who you wish to benefit – your family, loved ones and friends. It could also help to ensure the future of causes you care about. We cannot live forever, but it is hoped that the beauty of the countryside and wildlife can.

Ensuring that our children can grow up in this beautiful world and enjoy the wonders of nature is one of the best legacies you can leave.

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales looks after our wildlife heritage in many, varied ways.

To do so effectively we need money to purchase threatened sites of specific interest, containing threatened species or rare habitats and to effectively manage these sites as nature reserves for both ourselves and, equally importantly, for future generations.

With your help we can continue to manage wildlife habitats such as woodland, herb-rich meadows, to protect water voles, dormice, barn owls, rare butterflies, otters, orchids, and a host of other flora and fauna under threat.

If you are thinking of leaving The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales a legacy, the following information should help.

The Trust has been known by a number of different names, please ensure your will has our current name within it.

If you need to make a Will, the first step is to talk to your solicitor. This will ensure that your Will is legally correct and that all your wishes are carried out.

Your Solicitor will be able to help you:

  • Value your Estate
  • Choose the Type of Legacy to Leave
  • Choose your Executors

To help you decide how you would like to give to the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, the types of Legacy are detailed below:

Common Dormouse Photo by Tom Chalmers

Common Dormouse Photo by Tom Chalmers

Pecuniary Bequest – This is when you leave a specific sum of money. Please remember that inflation may impact on the amount we may actually receive.

Specific Bequest - This is when you choose to leave a specific item such as a painting, jewellery or even your home.

Residual Bequest – you may choose to leave whatever is left over once all your other bequests are made and all costs met. This is the residue of your estate.

If you already have a will and would like to include a legacy to the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, all you have to do is:

  • Contact your Solicitor
  • Instruct your Solicitor that you would like to leave a Legacy
  • Discuss the details of the Legacy

Your Solicitor can add your request to your existing Will – this is known as a codicil.

Here is an example of how you could support us in your will:

I leave to The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales of  Charity Registration Number: 1091562 (proportion of residue to be completed) for its general purposes and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other duly authorised officer shall be a sufficient discharge to my executors.

Letting Us Know

If you’ve already remembered the Trust in your will, thank you.  If you would like to let us know, we’d love to be able to thank you personally, it also helps us plan for the future – get in touch with Lyndsey or Jon on 01656 724100

Thank you for your interest in leaving a legacy to The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. Your help will be appreciated by generations to come.