Leave a gift in your will

Leave a GIFT in your will

Leaving a gift to Sylva Foundation in your Will would make a lasting difference to our work. After making provision for family and friends it's easy to leave a legacy gift and, by doing so, you will help support the Sylva Foundation, well beyond your lifetime. Legacies are currently exempt from Inheritance Tax, and with 80p in every £1 donated going directly to our work, you can be sure that your gift will be used wisely.

Find out more below and, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Chief Executive Gabriel Hemery on 01865 408018 or email legacy@sylva.org.uk.

Why leave a Legacy to Sylva?

Leaving a legacy gift to Sylva Foundation is a powerful way to ensure your commitment to our charitable objectives continues beyond your lifetime. Sylva believes that trees and forests underpin life on earth, and, if cared for as part of a dynamic living landscape, they will benefit both people and nature. If you share this belief then leaving a gift in your Will could make a transformative difference to our ongoing work to achieve a sustainable society and environment.

Sylva Foundation is a charity registered in England and Wales 1128516 and in Scotland SC041892.

Making a Will

There are a number of ways to make a Will and, if you wish, to include a gift to Sylva Foundation. You can contact your own solicitor, find one through The Law Society, or make a fixed price simple Will in the comfort of your own home through The GoodWill Partnership. Some basic guidance about the types of legacy gift that can be made can be found below.

If you are considering leaving a gift to Sylva Foundation in your Will and would like to discuss it first you can contact us 01865 408018 or email legacy@sylva.org.uk.


Residuary legacies

A residuary legacy is where you leave whatever is left over from your estate once all other gifts and expenses have been deducted. You can leave the entire residue to one beneficiary (a person or charity for example), or it can be divided among a number of beneficiaries. An important aspect of residuary legacies is that they do not lose their value over time, so it is not so important to review your Will regularly.

Suggested wording for your Will:
"I give to the Sylva Foundation, Little Wittenham OX14 4RA (Registered Charity 1128516 in England and Wales, and in Scotland SC041892) all of the residue of my estate for its general purposes."

Specific legacies

A specific legacy is an individual item of value, such as land or property. Please do discuss this with us before making your Will.

Reversionary legacies

Here you can leave assets to be used by a named beneficiary during their lifetime, after which the assets pass to the Sylva Foundation.

Conditional legacies

This would name the Sylva Foundation as a beneficiary should any or all of your other named beneficiaries die before you.