Remember the Chilterns in your Will…

You can help to ensure that we have the resources to continue to preserve and protect this special environment for future generations.

As a charity, we do not receive a direct state grant or subsidy for our work. The income from membership fees only covers our basic running costs and, therefore, we depend on legacies for the essential funds that help us to implement long-term plans and allow us to meet major challenges, both now and in the future.

Recent legacies have allowed us to…

  • Improve our nature reserves and woodland sites for visitors by installing information boards, benches & improving pathways
  • Improve wildlife habitats at Ewelme Watercress Beds with new tree plantings
  • Help butterfly conservation at Brush Hill Nature Reserve by improving the chalk grassland habitat
  • Provide tools & training for volunteers
  • Expand our conservation groups to care for the environment across the Chilterns

How you can help us
through your will…

Your legacy can be in the form of money, financial assets such as shares, or in property and valuables.

As a registered charity, legacies gifts left to us are free from inheritance tax and Capital Gains Tax and as such could be of benefit to the remainder of your estate.

There are two important ways you can leave a gift to a charity:

1) A pecuniary gift when you leave a specific amount of money
2) A residuary gift when you leave a percentage of your estate

We understand that decisions such as this are personal and that when making your Will, the interests of your dependents & loved ones must be considered as a priority. We hope, however, that it might be possible for you to consider including the Chiltern Society in your Will.

If you do decide that you would like to leave us a gift, we suggest you contact your solicitor to make a change in your Will. Alternatively, you can simply add a codicil to include the Society.

The Bluebell Guild

Although it is a very personal matter, letting us know that you have decided to include the Chiltern Society in your Will is extremely helpful to us as it enables us to plan for the future.

The Bluebell Guild has been established to recognise those supporters who indicate their intention to help us in this way. The Guild also makes it possible for us to thank people during their lifetime for their foresight and generosity. Whilst membership will remain confidential, members will receive occasional communications and will also be invited to exclusive events.

Got a question?

Our staff are here to help.
Email us or call 01494 771250.

Next steps

If you do decide that you want to leave a legacy, you can download this leaflet and return the form to us to let us know your decision.

Other ways to help

If you don’t want to consider changing your Will just yet, you can always make an ad hoc donation.

Your support helps us to manage our nature reserves properly and continue our conservation work across the Chilterns countryside.