Gifts in wills

Gifts in Wills

Brown Hare  - Photo: David Tipling/2020VISION

The future is far too important to be left to chance

This is why making a Will is so important

Essex Wildlife Trust is proud of its achievements over the past sixty years. We could not have done this without our amazing supporters, especially those who left us a gift in their Will.

Over these years, we have created and restored spectacular saltmarsh and freshwater wetlands for wildfowl and waders. As well as reconnecting wildlife habitats and made them more resilient. Managing ancient woodlands to ensure they continue to be carpeted in native Bluebells and support an abundance of rare flowers like Oxlips, a wonderful sight to behold. As a result of our work, species can move through the landscape and thrive long into the future.

We have worked with many local communities over the years to create wildlife habitats. Not all our work is on the land. We also work to protect and encourage species like the water vole and otter to thrive in the plethora of rivers that flow into our seas. We have worked to help secure protected areas at sea and work to inspire and connect people to the sea.

If, like us, you appreciate wildlife and the work that we do, then what better way to protect wildlife conservation in Essex by leaving a gift in your Will to Essex Wildlife Trust. Sadly, we do not know how long each of us have on the planet, but we do know that each day is precious, that we should make the most of our time and try to make a difference.

You will never have this day again so make it count. Please help us to nurture nature forever with a gift in your Will today.

Leave a lasting legacy

"Miss Elliot was very concerned by the loss of wildlife across Essex and particularly in the farmland landscape. She wanted the Trust to show how wildlife could be conserved and she wanted people to be able to see the benefits of conservation – she would be so proud of the Trust’s work at Abbotts Hall.”

John Hall, Essex Wildlife Trust ex-CEO

Where there’s a Will there’s a way

Essex Wildlife Trust depends heavily on people remembering it in their Wills. A significant amount of our achievements over the years have been possible because of people like you caring about safeguarding the country’s wildlife after they are no longer here.

Did you know....

Any gift you leave is exempt from inheritance tax because we are a charity. If you leave over 10% of your estate to one or more charities, the inheritance tax on the remainder of your estate would reduce from 40% to 36%.

Coastal realignment, Abbotts Hall Farm

Photo: Terry Whittaker/2020VISION

Abbotts Hall Farm

Until 2000, Abbotts Hall Farm was a typical 700-acre arable farm and farm house. Today it is the focus of a 300-acre coastal habitat project, which has won national acclaim as well as the main offices of Essex Wildlife Trust. All of this has been possible because of one lady: Joan Elliot. Miss Elliot left a large legacy to the Trust, which spearheaded the purchase of Abbotts Hall Farm and attracted support from other organisations.

What information do I need to include Essex Wildlife Trust in my Will?

It is really simple. Our details are as follows:

       1. Essex Wildlife Trust
       2. CRN: 210065
       3. Abbotts Hall Farm, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough, Colchester, Essex CO5 7RZ

An example of simple fixed cash gift (known as a pecuniary bequest) in your Will can be as follows:

I give to ESSEX WILDLIFE TRUST LIMITED (Charity registration number 210065) of Abbotts Hall Farm, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough, Colchester, Essex CO5 7RZ absolutely the sum of £ ………………………. [amount in words] 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.

An example of a simple share of, or remainder, of the estate after all costs and pecuniary bequests (known as a residual bequest) in your Will can be as follows:

I give to ESSEX WILDLIFE TRUST LIMITED (Charity registration number 210065) of Abbotts Hall Farm, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough, Colchester, Essex CO5 7RZ absolutely [ enter the proportion of the residue ie % or  x share of X] 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.

Please let us say thank you

We value every penny that is given to us and whether you leave 50p or £50,000 we promise to use the money wisely.

We would also like the opportunity to say thank you in advance and to get to know you. This enables us to know how best to honour your life through a gift in your Will.

Brown Hare

Photo: Russell Savory

Do you have a Will for Wildlife?

If you are intending to leave a gift in your Will to Essex Wildlife Trust or would like to know more about doing so please contact:

Rosalyn Leclercq - Senior Legacy Officer
Tel: 01621 862987 / email or write to:
Essex Wildlife Trust, Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough, Colchester, CO5 7RZ

Please be assured we will respect the confidentiality of your Will.

We use gifts in Wills to secure a better future for local wildlife. A gift in your Will to Essex Wildlife Trust will have a direct and lasting impact on the country’s wildlife. What’s more such gifts are exempt from Inheritance Tax, so the full value of your gift will go straight to wildlife conservation.

Essex Wildlife Trust promise to you…

…At all times each enquiry is dealt with respect and compassion and most importantly privacy.

…Size does not matter, we are truly grateful for all legacy gifts, large or small each gift will make a big difference.

…Your gift will help us to continue to protect wildlife and inspire a lifelong love of nature.

…You can change your Will at any time.