Leave a Bequest
Your Will can help us protect nature forever.
Your Will can be a way to ensure the protection of Victoria's unique landscapes for the enjoyment of future generations.
Your Will - nature's future
Trust for Nature's work to protect Victoria's unique plants and wildlife is only made possible through the support of dedicated and passionate people.
We've worked towards the preservation of Victoria's natural environment for over 40 years. In that time we have permanently protected over 100,000 hectares of woodlands, grasslands, wetlands and waterways.
By joining the group of bequest supporters who have chosen to make us this special gift, you will help us both to keep looking after the land which we've protected, and to protect more of our precious biodiversity for future generations.
Your Will - your choice
There are many ways to support Trust for Nature through your Will, such as:
- a residuary bequest, which means the remainder of your estate after gifts to family and friends have been made and debts paid.
- a specific bequest, of a particular sum or percentage of your estate
- a gift of property or shares
We recommend that you consult a solicitor or trustee while making your Will, to ensure that the correct legal terminology is used. You may also wish to review your Will every few years to make sure that it reflects your wishes.
Bequests of land
If you wish to make a gift or bequest of land to Trust for Nature, we recommend that you contact us first so that we can discuss your wishes for the property and how they might best be carried out. This means that we can better understand your vision, and also anticipate and resolve any issues around the property's use or future management.
Suggested wording for your Will
Trust for Nature's preferred options for the wording of bequests and devises are:
“I ………………………. give, devise and bequeath unto Trust for Nature (Victoria) a statutory body corporate constituted under the Victorian Conservation Trust Act 1972, for its general purposes, free of all duties, (choose one or more of the following options)
• …… % of my Estate or the residue of my Estate
• The sum of $ ……………………
• Life Insurance Policy number …………………
• Property (details)
• Or other (details) and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other and Proper Officer of Trust for Nature shall be sufficient discharge to my Executor for the Bequest which is to be applied to the general purposes of the Trust.”
• Are there any other options?
What other legal advice is out there?
The Law Institute of Victoria also publishes a list of solicitors who are accredited specialists in wills and estates, whilst trustee companies are also able to advise if a donor does not have a preferred solicitor. These are listed in the Yellow Pages under the heading ‘Trustee Services’.
For further information about leaving a lasting legacy to Trust for Nature through your Will, call Trust for Nature on 03 8631 5888 or email
Trust for Nature ABN: 60 292 993 543
Much of the Trust’s work has been supported by bequests.
We wish to gratefully acknowledge the generosity of our donors, and illustrate how bequests support the positive outcomes that are being achieved for conservation in Victoria.
Dr Marion Boyd Wanliss and the Statewide Conservation Plan
The generosity of the late Dr Marion Boyd Wanliss made possible the preparation of the Statewide Conservation Plan. Her passion for conservation and native wildlife led her to make a generous gift to the Trust in her Will. Her bequest funded in-depth analysis of which native plants, wildlife and ecosystems are the highest priority for conservation across the 62% of Victoria which is private land. The Statewide Conservation Plan provides the information needed to guide private land conservation for many years.
Dr Wanliss was scientific in her approach and looked to the future, and we are confident that the Statewide Conservation Plan honours the spirit of her gift.
Grace Ella Fraser and the Bays and Islands project
The Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas, and Western Port Bay, are heavily populated and have been extensively cleared in the last 200 years. In 2013, Trust for Nature recognised a 25,000 hectare area as a priority for conservation, and commenced the Bays and Islands project. This project initiated a much-needed analysis of key biodiversity assets.
Orange-bellied Parrot, a threatened species once found on the Peninsulas as it prefers coastal and island habitat (Photo: Chris Tzaros)
The project has been made possible only through the generous support of the Late Grace Ella Fraser, and a grant from the Limb Family Foundation. Miss Fraser, who was a pioneering landscape architect who promoted Australian native species in her work, left a gift to Trust for Nature in her Will. As Grace had a great love for the Mornington Peninsula, having spent time there as a child and living there in later life, the Trust recognises that her bequest has been essential to this practical and valuable project.
The Limb family has likewise had a long association with the Mornington Peninsula, and Trust for Nature is immensely grateful for the Limb Family Foundation’s continued support of our work.
A shared connection with the area has brought together Miss Fraser, through her bequest, and the Limb Family, who share the same passion and commitment to the protection of biodiversity in the Mornington Peninsula.