Leave a Legacy

Leave a legacy | Trees for Life

Your living legacy for the future

What could be more special than leaving a wild natural forest as your living legacy for the future?  You can, by choosing to include Trees for Life in your Will.

Every single legacy we receive, no matter what size, will be carefully used to protect ancient forests and conserve our irreplaceable wildlife for future generations to enjoy.

 

Making a Will is an important way of looking after the future of your friends and family.  A Will ensures that your wishes are followed and you can ensure your assets and possessions are left to loved ones.

Once you have taken care of family and friends, including a charitable legacy in your Will offers an opportunity to support a charity in a way that may not have been possible during your lifetime.

Below we have outlined the three main types of legacies you can pledge in your Will:

Residuary legacy

  • The amount left over in your estate after all other pecuniary legacies and gifts have been made and after all administrative costs have been deducted. 

Pecuniary legacy                     

  • A specific or fixed sum of money.

Specific legacy

  • An item or share of an item such as your house, car, jewellery, shares etc.

Adding to your existing will

If you already have a Will, it is possible to add an additional charitable legacy using a simple form called a codicil. Your solicitor is best placed to advise you about this so that you can ensure that your legacy is recorded correctly.


To ensure Trees for Life receives your gift, please provide your solicitor or Will writer with the following charity information.

Registered name:      Trees for Life
Registered office:      The Park, Findhorn Bay, Forres, Moray, IV36 3TH
Charity number:        SC021303

 

Your solicitor is best placed to provide the wording for your charitable legacy exactly as you wish. However, we have included some outline wording below as an example of the three main types of legacy: Residuary, Pecuniary and Specific.

Suggested wording for Residuary legacy:

I leave to Trees for Life of The Park, Forres, Moray, IV36 3TH, Charity Registration Number SCO21303, (proportion of residue to be completed) for its general purposes and I direct that the receipt of the Chair of the Board or other duly authorised officer shall be a sufficient discharge to my executors.

Suggested wording for Pecuniary legacy:

I leave to Trees for Life of The Park, Forres, Moray, IV36 3TH, Charity Registration Number SCO21303, the sum of £ (to be completed) (amount in words) for its general purposes and I direct that the receipt of the Chair of the Board or other duly authorised officer shall be a sufficient discharge to my executors.

Suggested wording for Specific legacy:

I leave to Trees for Life of The Park, Forres, Moray, IV36 3TH, Charity Registration Number SCO21303, (description of item) absolutely for the general purposes of the said charity and I direct that the receipt of the Chair of the Board or other duly authorised officer shall be a sufficient discharge to my executors.

Please let us know and we will plant a tree for you now

We recognise that making a Will is a personal decision and fully respect your privacy. However, if you have decided to include Trees for Life in your Will, we would be very pleased to have the opportunity to thank you now. As a token of our appreciation, we would be delighted to plant a first tree for you in recognition of your generosity and future support.

Your tree will be planted at Dundreggan, near Loch Ness. Dundreggan is a 10,000 acre expanse of wild land owned by Trees for Life. Dundreggan contains substantial areas of ancient woodlands, including remnants of the original Caledonian Forest, superb birch-juniper woodlands and the largest expanse of dwarf birch in Scotland.

Individually planted in a beautiful native woodland, your tree will help to enrich the diversity of the woodland and benefit the wonderful wildlife living there. Growing over the years, your tree will provide a lasting reminder of your commitment to the future of the Caledonian Forest.

In Memoriam Donations – A Gift in Memory

In Memoriam gifts are a personal and lasting way to create a living memorial for your loved ones after they have passed away. Your gift in memory of someone special will enable Trees for Life to transform bare hillsides in the Scottish Highlands into healthy young woodland, rich in wildlife and protected for future generations to come.  

There are several ways to donate to Trees for Life in memory of a loved one.

  • Making a collection at a funeral can be special and timeless way to remember them by. Your funeral arranger will be happy to collect all donations at the service and forward them to us at Trees for Life.
  • Establishing a Grove of trees can be a poignant and thoughtful way to dedicate trees in memory of a loved one. You will have an online webpage where friends and family can donate further trees and leave written dedications. When these trees are planted across the Highlands of Scotland, the dedications on your Grove webpage are read out and our thoughts are very much with you and your family.

"All my life I have loved trees, a walk in woodlands was my idea of heaven, taking their majesty and beauty for granted, as the young do. In later years I learned of their need on our planet and how our abuse of them was causing so many problems. When I learned about Trees for Life it solved two personal dilemmas. First as a way of commemorating the life of a son who we sadly lost, and second creating woodlands for the future generations that will never be cut down and destroyed by mankind. We are gladly leaving a legacy to Trees for Life so that all their good work may continue for as long as possible. Trees are not only beautiful but essential. We are proud to support all the good work the charity does."
Roslyn and Geoff Penfold

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