Leaving a gift in your Will to the Chiltern Society
Since 1965, the Chiltern Society has made a significant contribution to the quality of life as we know it today in the Chilterns. As the pressures of urbanisation increase, it will become even more important and difficult to maintain this area of natural beauty.
Your legacy can ensure that we have the resources to continue to preserve and protect the special environment of the Chilterns for future generations.
As a charity, we do not receive a direct state grant or subsidy for our work. The income from membership fees provides only our basic running costs and therefore we depend on legacies for the essential funds that we need to make long-term plans, particularly to acquire property which enhances or preserves natural beauty of the Chilterns.
Legacies help us to continue the following work:
- Conserving and caring for our sites; the Chiltern Society manages a growing number of woodland sites, heritage sites and nature reserves in the Chilterns.
- Providing training and tools for volunteers to do vital conservation work
- Running conservation work parties on public land; for example conservation work on ponds, commons, streams and woodland
- Maintaining footpaths and bridleways, installing gates in the place of stiles to improve countryside access for everyone
- Opposing unsuitable new development, and supporting the Chilterns Buildings Design Awards to recognise good building design
- Caring for historic buildings
- Maintaining and monitoring natural waterways and streams
- Encouraging people of all ages to learn, explore and appreciate the Chilterns
Recent legacies have allowed us to:
- Fund the design of new information boards at each end of Bottom Wood – the ancient woodland we care for near Stokenchurch in Buckinghamshire – to show visitors how to explore these woodlands, including the wildlife and archaeological remains which can be seen there
- Install a new bench at Bottom Wood. Set in the chalk meadow, it is a beautiful place to sit and enjoy the peaceful surroundings
- Set up an area in the Woods for use as a Forest School by pupils at the local infants school
- Give conservation training for volunteers, including training volunteers to lead their own conservation work party. This has allowed us to expand the number of conservation groups which we operate across the Chilterns, which means we can make more of a difference for the countryside, improving the environment for wildlife and also improving access for people to enjoy the countryside
- Make new tree plantings at Ewelme Watercress Beds and Local Nature Reserve
- Purchase new tools and training for those tools, for conservation volunteers
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. Once your personal wishes and commitments have been fulfilled, the most welcome bequest to the Chiltern Society would provide unrestricted funds to be applied where they are needed most. If you would like to leave a specific bequest, your wishes will be honoured. As a registered charity, legacy gifts to the Chiltern Society 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.
Residuary gifts are extremely helpful because being a percentage rather than a specific sum, they tend to be inflation-proof.
If you would like some guidance, please download our suggested wording here. Clicking this link will download a text file to the default location for downloads on your device.
We understand that decisions such as this are personal and that when making your Will, first and foremost, the interest of your dependants must be considered. However we hope it will be possible for you to consider including the Chiltern Society in your Will. We suggest you contact your solicitor in order to either make or change your Will. If you already have a Will, you can simply add a codicil to include the Society (see link to draft codicil above). Your support is greatly appreciated.
Please contact John Taylor, our Legacy Volunteer, at the office on 01494 771250 and he will be happy to speak with you on a confidential basis, or email him .
Thank you for caring about the Chilterns now and always.