'I love visiting the wonderful gardens and shows, and I have learnt a great deal too. I want to leave a legacy so that the RHS can continue its vital work for the enjoyment and benefit of generations to come.'

Mrs Linda Knight
 

We recommend seeking legal advice when making or updating your Will

If you leave a gift in your Will to a charity, like the RHS, the gift is exempt from inheritance tax. Your solicitor will be able to offer you further advice and guidance on efficient tax planning.

When leaving such gifts, you can elect to give the gift to the general funds of the charity, or to a specific activity; for the RHS, this could be a specific garden. We have reflected such choices in the suggested wording below.
 

1. Leaving the residue of your estate to the RHS:

This is when you leave the residue of your estate after all other gifts, costs and so on have been deducted. This type of gift allows for the remainder of your estate (or a specified percentage of it) to be passed to the RHS.
 
You may leave the residue to one person or organisation, or you can divide it among any number of beneficiaries. The value of this type of gift will increase as the value of your estate increases. You might want to use the following wording:
 
'I leave to the Royal Horticultural Society (registered charity number: 222879/SCO38262) of 80 Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PE (“all” or state fraction) of the residue of my estate absolutely for (“its general purposes” or, for example, “for its garden at Wisley”) and direct that the receipt of an authorised officer of the said charity shall be good and sufficient discharge to my executors.'


2. Pecuniary or fixed amount legacy:

When you want to leave a specific or fixed amount of money. Over the course of time, this type of gift is likely to lose value because of inflation and you may, therefore, wish to consider index linking your cash gift. You might want to use the following wording:
 
'I leave to the Royal Horticultural Society (registered charity number: 222879/SCO38262) of 80 Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PE absolutely the sum £… for (“its general purposes” or, for example, “for its garden at Wisley”). I declare that the receipt of an authorised officer shall be good and sufficient discharge to my executors.'
 
Or, if you wish to secure the value of your gift against the effects of inflation:
 
'I leave to the Royal Horticultural Society (registered charity number: 222879/SCO38262) of 80 Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PE absolutely for (“its general purposes” or, for example, “for its garden at Wisley”) the sum of money produced by dividing the sum of £… by index figure in the Index of Retail Prices (‘the index’) for the month in which this will be executed and multiplying it by the index figure in the index month in which my death occurs. I declare that the receipt of an authorised officer shall be good and sufficient discharge to my executors.'


3. Leaving a specific item

A gift of specific property such as antiques, shares or paintings. The Item(s) must be clearly described in your Will to avoid any possible confusion and to ensure the gift does not fail. Your solicitors will be able to prepare appropriate wording for your Will. If you are thinking of donating books for our Libraries, please contact us for our collections criteria.


4. If you want to change your existing Will

You can easily add a gift to the RHS to your existing Will using a short document called a Codicil. Your solicitor will advise you how to do this so that no legal or technical mistakes occur.
 

5. A reversionary legacy

This is the means of leaving a gift to a chosen beneficiary such as the RHS, while meanwhile allowing another person to have the use of it during his or her lifetime. For example, you may want someone to have the use of your home for the remainder of his or her life, or of the income from a fund. When s/he dies, the item will then pass to the RHS. Your solicitors will be able to prepare appropriate wording for your Will.


No matter whether your gift is large or small, the RHS is extremely grateful for your support.


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