A gift to World Land Trust (WLT) will create a green, living memorial that commemorates a life by protecting some of the most threatened wilderness and wildlife in the world.
Finding an appropriate way of remembering a loved one is not always easy, but if you wish to make a donation in memory of someone who was passionate about the wild world what better way than to protect it for the future?
For more than 20 years WLT has been working to purchase and protect acres of rainforest and other wildlife habitats around the world, helping the survival of flagship species such as Orang-utan, Elephant and Jaguar. Our work has never been more urgent.
A memorial gift to conservation
Donations made in memory can support any of WLT’s conservation projects across the world - from planting trees to saving acres of rainforest or other habitat for endangered animals.
The Christopher Parsons Rainforest Reserve
- a successful memorial appeal
Following the death of Christopher Parsons, Head of the BBC Natural History Unit and WLT Trustee, Sir David Attenborough (WLT Patron) launched a memorial appeal on behalf of WLT which raised a magnificent £20,000. This enabled Fundación Jocotoco, WLT’s first partner organisation in Ecuador, to purchase two and a half square miles of rainforest adjoining their existing Tapichalaca Reserve.
The Christopher Parsons Rainforest Reserve now protects species such as Spectacled Bear, Ocelot and Jaguar, as well as an astonishing variety of birds and orchids. The reserve stands as a spectacular and appropriate memorial to a man who worked so tirelessly for the natural world.
Instead of a gift of flowers, you can remember someone by helping regenerate lost rainforest and planting trees that will grow and flourish for years to come.
Commemorate a loved one by planting trees in their honour through WLT’s Plant a Tree Appeal. Your dedicated trees will flourish in a protected nature reserve in Ecuador.
Only fragments of the Atlantic Rainforest remain but your trees will help extend this habitat for threatened animals, like the Jaguar and Woolly Spider Monkey. You can even visit the Jorupe Reserve where your trees have been planted and see the rich diversity of this beautiful haven for wildlife.
Each tree will only be dedicated once, though trees are not marked in any way. If you wish to plant five trees or more then you will receive a personalised in memory certificate and pack suitable to pass on to the family or friends of the person you are remembering. Donate to plant trees in memory.
How to donate in memory
- You can make a memorial gift donation online here to support any of WLT’s conservation projects. Find out what you will receive if you make a memorial gift donation »
- If you would prefer to talk to someone, or you have any special wording requests, then please contact our Donations Manager, Karen Lowe, on +44 (0) 1986 874422 or contact us via email or post
- For a collection at a funeral or memorial service we are very happy to provide information to display at the service and will liaise with the undertakers and acknowledge as appropriate.
- An online fundraising page allows friends and family to donate and leave comments and memories of your loved one. They are also very useful if you request charity donations as an alternative to floral tributes. They are quick to set up and the money raised will automatically be passed on to WLT. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch. Some memorial websites, such as MuchLoved, also accept online donations to charity.
- If you wish to make a donation to create a named reserve area (usually donations of £10,000 or more) then please contact Viv Burton on VBurton@worldlandtrust.org or by calling the WLT offices and we will be very happy to help you find a suitable location.
- If you want to donate from the estate of the person you are remembering, an instrument or deed of variation made by the beneficiaries of the estate can allow this. This may reduce the amount of inheritance tax due on the estate, but we recommend you seek legal/tax advice before taking this course. More information is available on the HMRC website.
Help and support with your memorial decision
We hope that you find the perfect way to remember your loved one, but please get in touch for any help or support on this decision.