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Legacies

Trees, the longest living organisms on earth, are a precious natural heritage. They make a real difference to the places where people live and work, with proven positive effects on mental health. They enhance the value and enjoyment of urban and rural spaces. Many other plants and animals depend on them – an astonishing 839 types of insect feed on willows and 655 on oaks. However, the tree population of Britain has been in serious decline for more than fifty years, so there is an urgent need for more trees of the right kind to be planted in the right places.

You can help to increase the numbers of trees in the UK by leaving a bequest to The Tree Council. This would be your timeless gift to future generations – your Living Legacy.

As gifts to charity are paid out before inheritance tax is calculated, your legacy could reduce the amount of inheritance tax your beneficiaries have to pay. If you leave 10% of your estate to charity, your inheritance tax bill is reduced by 10%.

You could also ask your friends and family to donate to The Tree Council instead of flowers at your funeral.

Should you decide to support The Tree Council with a legacy we strongly advise you take expert advice, but offer the following forms of wording as guide:

I bequeath to The Tree Council, 71 Newcomen Street, London, SE1 1YT, the residue of my estate and declare that the receipt of the duly authorised officer of The Tree Council shall be sufficient discharge to my executors.

OR

I bequeath to The Tree Council, 71 Newcomen Street, London, SE1 1YT, my .............. (description of property or goods) and declare that receipt of the duly authorised officer of The Tree Council shall be sufficient to discharge to my executors.

OR

I bequeath to The Tree Council, 71 Newcomen Street, London, SE1 1YT, the sum of £.... and declare that receipt of the duly authorised officer of The Tree Council shall be sufficient to discharge to my executors.

If you do decide to write a bequest to The Tree Council into your will, we will turn it into trees. Thank you. To help us a bit more, we would be grateful to hear what convinced you to give us your support.