Leave a gift in your Will

Leaving just a small percentage of your estate as a gift to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew can make all the difference.

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Making a difference

Do you love our world-class botanic gardens at Kew Gardens or Wakehurst?

Do you share our passion for inspirational horticulture, cutting-edge science, botanical art, heritage landscapes or global plant conservation? 

Leaving just a small percentage of your estate as a gift to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in your Will can help secure the future of our planet and will provide lasting benefits for future generations. 

Request our free legacy booklet 

Find out how your legacy will make a difference, the different types of gifts you can leave and inheritance tax benefits. 

To request a free legacy booklet, contact us at legacies@kew.org or on 020 8332 3249.

How to leave a gift in your Will

If you would like to include Kew in your Will, you can create or update your Will with any practising solicitor.

Find a solicitor near you

If you need to update your current Will, we suggest you contact your solicitor to ensure that the changes you make are legally-binding.

When you are ready to make or update your Will, the essential information you will need for your solicitor is our name, address and charity number. 

Name: Foundation and Friends of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Address: Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB

Charity Number: 803428

    All gifts make a difference 

    Each gift, no matter how large or small, can make a difference to benefit future generations to come. You don’t need to have a certain amount to be able to leave a legacy. 

    Personalising your gift

    Do you want to support a specific area of Kew's work? You can personalise your gift by choosing to support science and research, education, Millennium Seed Bank or Wakehurst.

    We would be grateful for flexibility in these wishes, as our projects may change over time. If you'd like to support a specific area of Kew, please contact us and we’d be happy to help.

    Tax benefits to leaving a charitable gift

    If your estate is worth more than £325,000, inheritance tax is usually charged at 40% above this threshold. This may vary depending on the situation, so please check with your solicitor.

    Leaving a gift to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in your Will could have two potential tax benefits. 

    • Charitable gifts are exempt from inheritance tax, so including a charitable gift in your estate would reduce the amount of tax due from the estate. 
    • There is a tax reduction for those leaving 10% or more of their estate to charity. This reduced rate is 36%, as opposed to 40%.

    Leaving a specific item to Kew

    If you're considering leaving as specific item, such as a painting or plants, please contact us to ensure that Kew will be a suitable home.

    Executor for your estate 

    Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to act as an executor to your estate at this time.

    Our promises to you

    • We understand that your family and friends will always come first.
    • We understand that this is your decision alone, and will never pressure you to make it.
    • We will always respect your privacy, never sell your personal information, share your intentions or ask about the size or type of gift if you choose to support us in this way. Every gift, big or small will have an impact.
    • We will keep you as up to date and informed as you like and offer you opportunities to come and see us.
    • We will ensure that your gift is used according to your wishes. This will go towards Kew achieving its mission to provide knowledge, inspiration and understanding of why plants and fungi matter to everyone.
    • We will always be here to help answer your questions honestly and openly.

    Thank you

    Legacies are vital to the future of Kew and your support is truly valued.

    If you decide to leave a gift in your Will, we’d love to know as it helps us plan for the future.

    We can also acknowledge your kindness and keep you up to date with our activities through events and newsletters, as part of our George Bentham Legacy Supporter programme. You can contact the team at legacies@kew.org or on 020 8332 3249.

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