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Bequests are a thoughtful way to support our favourite institutions or causes while still providing for our own requirements.

In a bequest you can ensure that your support for the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust will be guaranteed. Your will allows you to make appropriate provision for your loved ones and to extend, beyond your lifetime, support to the causes that matter most to you.

You may choose to leave a general bequest to the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust to be used where it is most needed at the time, or to make a specific request to where you would like your support directed such as:

  • Scientific research
  • Conservation and environment
  • Living collections of our three Botanic Gardens - the Royal Botanic Garden, the Australian Botanic Garden and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden
  • Education
  • Infrastructure and capital works - includes tree plantings, projects and visitor facilities.

Making a Bequest to benefit the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust

When considering a gift to the Trust in your will there are a few important points we ask you to note:

  • Please take advice or consider the most appropriate way to make your gift.
    • Unencumbered gifts: By not specifying a particular area in which you may like your funds to be spent, you allow the Trustees to allocate your generous gift to the area of most need at that particular time.
    • Your gift for a Special Purpose: In making your gift, you may wish to state the area in which funds should be spent. However it is usually best to define a general area, such as conservation, science, horticulture, education, expeditions and capital projects, as needs and circumstances often change over a period of years.
    • What Type of Gift? You may bequeath the whole estate, or a percentage of the estate or a fixed sum.  The estate may include property, equities and cash. A percentage gift allows you to share your estate among a number of beneficiaries without identifying items of property or amounts of money. These gifts avoid the problems caused by inflation and fluctuations in property values or in the value of your estate.
    • A Specific Gift: This means that you can specify a property, work of art, a sum of money - in fact anything of value - as your gift. Be aware that in nominating a specific amount the value may be eroded by inflation over time.
    • A Gift of Residue: Together with providing for your family and close friends you may choose to give what is left to the organisations whose work you care about.
  • Please talk to us about your intentions, especially if you would like your gift to be used for a specific purpose. It means we can ensure that your wishes are carried out, and, if we know about your long-term arrangements then we in turn can plan for the future. We would like to thank you for your planned support.

All information we receive is strictly confidential. If you have decided to leave or are considering leaving a gift we would like to suggest you let us know. Any statement of your intentions is not of course in any way legally binding.

For further information, please contact Development Branch at the Trust on (02) 9231 8366 or by email