LEGACIES

If you are thinking of revising your will, or making one for the first time, you could also help to secure the future growth and development of Bedgebury. A bequest to the Pinetum can help protect this unique and beautiful place, giving future generations the chance to enjoy its peace and tranquillity.

WHY SHOULD I LEAVE MONEY TO THE PINETUM?

Bequests are an increasingly important source of income for all charities and the Friends are no exception. Some of our recent projects have been:

RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION

Sending employees to Japan and the USA to study conifers in the field, collect seed and support in situ conservation. Development of the Bedgebury Conifer Conservation project for the planting and ex situ conservation of up to 5,000 endangered trees. Purchase and propagation of new species of conifers. Purchase of additional equipment and machinery for Pinetum staff.

EDUCATION

Contributing to the travel costs for inner city schools to make educational visits to the Pinetum. Providing educational equipment and resources.

VISITORS

Helping to maintain the peace and tranquillity of the Pinetum. Providing tree information boards and other educational material around the Pinetum. Providing easier access and facilities for the disabled.

 

DON’T LET THE TAXMAN GET YOUR MONEY

Increases in property values mean that more and more people have estates valued in excess of £325,000[1], the threshold for inheritance tax. One way to reduce the inheritance tax liability from your estate is to leave money to a charity. Your solicitor or financial advisor can help you with this.

WHY MAKING A WILL IS IMPORTANT

A will is your way of making sure that the people and causes that are important to you are looked after, and that your possessions are distributed in accordance with your wishes. It can give you peace of mind.

Failure to make a will means that your estate may be distributed in an arbitrary way and your loved ones may not benefit significantly. Sorting things out will be more difficult, uncertain and time consuming.

It is possible to make a will yourself, but it is recommended that you use a solicitor. Simple wills can cost as little as £50 to prepare. If you already have a will it can be modified by a codicil. Click here to download a sample codicil to a will.

HOW TO LEAVE A LEGACY TO THE FRIENDS

There are two main ways to leave a legacy to the Friends:

PERCUNIARY GIFT

Leave a specific amount or an item to the Friends.

RESIDUAL GIFT

Bequeath the residue of your estate after all other bequests and costs have been deducted, or specify a percentage of the value of your estate to be left to the Friends.

 

 

[1] Limits until at least 2015.