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Join a growing number of Earthwatch supporters who have chosen to leave us a gift in their Will.

Making a Will helps you to plan for the needs of your loved ones. Leaving a gift to Earthwatch will help secure a brighter future for our planet and the generations to come.

Why include us in your Will?

In just 50 years we have lost over half of our wildlife and we have only 10 years to limit the impacts of climate change.

Since our founding in 1971, we have worked with governments, policymakers, businesses, communities, educators and scientists to raise environmental awareness, gather data and develop nature-based solutions. We empower everybody to take achievable actions for the good of our planet.

Earthwatch has been around for 50 years. In that time we have achieved great things, providing inspirational experiences to tens of thousands of people, which have in turn created a deep and significant personal connection with the natural world and an understanding of the role of science in protecting it. We see daily the passion of our supporters for protecting our planet. 

Steve Andrews, CEO of Earthwatch Europe

Our legacy supporters have a lasting impact, enabling us to tackle the environmental challenges that threaten our natural world. Your gift doesn’t have to be large to make a difference – no matter how big or small, there are plenty of ways you can contribute to a sustainable future. From funding research and helping us to advance citizen science to planting trees, supporting wildlife and educating children on the importance of nature – your gift will drive the change needed to help us live within our means and in balance with nature.

Paul Baker, long-time Earthwatch expedition volunteer, has chosen to leave a gift to Earthwatch Europe in his Will. You can read about his inspiring experiences with Earthwatch over the years here.

How to include us in your Will

Earthwatch is part of the National Free Wills Network. This means that we are able to offer a limited number of supporters aged 55 or over the opportunity to write a simple Will, free of charge.

The hope is that each supporter will choose to leave a bequest to Earthwatch, but there is no obligation to do so. Earthwatch will pay for each Will at a reduced rate from partner solicitors.

If you are writing a more complex Will or would prefer to use your own solicitor, please include the following: our full charity name (Conservation Education and Research Trust (Earthwatch Institute Europe)); our address (Earthwatch Institute, Mayfield House, 256 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7DE); and our registered charity number (1094467 for England and Wales).

We always recommend that you take professional advice to ensure the legacy meets your personal circumstances.

Remember to keep a copy of your Will for your own reference and keep the original document in a safe place.

To get you free Will pack or to request more information please fill in this form:

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Frequently Asked Questions

Key terms explained

An estate is everything that a person owns, including their house, money and any life insurance policies that will be paid on their death.

A Specific legacy is the gift of a specific item or asset such as shares or jewellery.

A Pecuniary legacy is a fixed sum of money. It is worth bearing in mind that inflation can reduce the value of pecuniary legacies over time, so it is worth reviewing a Will on a regular basis.

A Residuary legacy is a gift of all or part of a person's net estate (what remains after all taxes, specific gifts and the cost of administering the estate have been paid). This type of legacy should be expressed as a percentage or share of the estate.

Executors are the people chosen to carry out the instructions contained in a Will.

Why is writing a Will important?

Many people make false assumptions about what will happen to their estate if they do not have a Will. Not leaving a Will could result in lengthy and expensive complications for the Will executors to deal with.

When should I write a Will?

For people who havent written a Will, it’s a good idea to write it as soon as possible. People who have already written a Will should remember to review it regularly, particularly when personal circumstances change.

Can I write a Will on my own?

Yes, but it is important to keep in mind that one small mistake can invalidate the entire Will, so we strongly recommend working with a solicitor.

Are there any tax advantages?

Legacies to registered charities are exempt from inheritance tax. In certain circumstances, especially with larger estates, a charitable bequest can be a useful way to avoid the payment of inheritance tax on some or all of a person’s estate. We strongly recommend consulting a financial adviser in this context.

What is Earthwatch Europe’s postal address and charity number?

Our office address is:

Mayfield House
256 Banbury Road
Oxford, OX2 7DE
United Kingdom

Earthwatch Institute (Europe) is a registered charity in England and Wales, no. 1094467.

Images: Tiny Forest planting day at Govan Road, Glasgow - credit Lateral North. 

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