Due to Covid-19, we have reduced personnel at the offices of the Sylva Foundation and our premises at the Sylva Wood Centre. Emails and phone messages are being checked but please allow a little longer than usual to receive a response.
Please do not arrange a formal visit without first checking with us. Members of the public are free to enjoy our network of permitted paths through the Future Forest as usual.
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 simple 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 contact us using the form below.
Leaving a legacy gift to Sylva Foundation is a powerful way to ensure your commitment to our charitable work continues beyond your lifetime. Sylva Foundation 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.
There are a number of ways to make a Will and, if you wish, to include a legacy gift to Sylva Foundation. If you have complicated needs in your Will — for example: dependent relatives/ friends, property overseas, trust income or ongoing legal issues — we suggest that you speak to a solicitor. Also, if your estate is liable for inheritance tax (see here), we suggest you speak to a solicitor to discuss making a Will about the possibility of leaving a gift to us. Some basic guidance about the types of legacy gift that can be made, are provided at the bottom of this page.
We are pleased to provide three options for you to consider if you may wish to leave a legacy gift to Sylva Foundation in your Will.
You can contact your own solicitor or find one through The Law Society to discuss your needs.
If you already have a Will and want to leave a gift to us, contact your solicitor and let them know your intentions. You can work with them either to (a) make a new Will, or (b) write a shorter and less expensive ‘Codicil’.
Please ensure that your solicitor uses our full name: ‘Sylva Foundation’, our charity number:1128516 (for England and Wales) or SC041892 (for Scotland), and our registered address: Sylva Foundation, Sylva Wood Centre, Little Wittenham Road, Long Wittenham, Oxfordshire, OX14 4QT.
You can make a fixed-price simple Will in the comfort of your own home through The Goodwill Partnership. Click on this link to take you to a page that Sylva Foundation has created with The Goodwill Partnership. This will help you make an appointment to discuss making a Will at your convenience.
If you are a resident in England or Wales, we offer a free online Will writing service with Make a Will Online. Click on this link to take you to a page that Sylva Foundation has created with Make A Will Online.
[Please note, due to different Laws which apply in Scotland, we are unable to provide this service to Scottish residents.]
All Wills made using the Make A Will Online service are checked by a fully-qualified solicitor, and if you have a question you can call their helpline. To help us with our campaign, details of your gift will be shared with us: the amount of any gift and the date you made the Will. We would be very grateful if you also choose to share your name and your contact details, but this is optional. We may contact you to thank you and to keep you updated with information about us.
If you haven't already made a Will you can make one and leave a gift of a specific amount of money or a proportion of your estate to us and other charities. Once your family and friends are catered for, anything you can provide us will make a huge difference to our work.
To help us with our campaign, details of your legacy will be shared with us: your name, your contact details, the amount of the legacy and the date you made the Will. If you prefer, you can make a Will and leave a legacy to us without sharing this information by paying for the Will directly yourself here: www.makeawillonline.co.uk/online-wills. Whether or not you choose to share information about your gift with us: we are enormously grateful to your decision to help us with a gift in your Will.
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 use the contact form below. Thank you.
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, Sylva Wood Centre, Little Wittenham Road, Long Wittenham, OX14 4QT (Registered Charity 1128516 in England and Wales, and in Scotland SC041892) all of the residue of my estate for its general purposes."
A specific legacy is an individual item of value, such as land or property. Please do discuss this with us before making your Will.
Here you can leave assets to be used by a named beneficiary during their lifetime, after which the assets pass to the Sylva Foundation.
This would name the Sylva Foundation as a beneficiary should any or all of your other named beneficiaries die before you.