View of West Dean House from the Arboretum

Gift in your will

Making a will is the best way to ensure your loved ones have a secure future and that your property and possessions are dealt with in the way you want. After you have provided for friends and family, please consider leaving a gift to West Dean College and Gardens in your will.

A gift to future generations

By leaving a gift in your will you make a real difference to the future of West Dean College and Gardens. It's a powerful way to support the next generation of students and preserve our world-class historic gardens. Your gift will ensure that thousands of people can enjoy them for generations to come.

If there is a particular aspect of West Dean – Gardens, House or College that you would like to benefit, you can specify where your gift is used. Your gift could enable us to provide scholarship or bursary support to talented conservation or fine arts students. In the gardens, your gift might support the restoration of important historic buildings or create new garden displays for others to enjoy.  

By pledging a legacy gift you become an important part of our future.

One man's vision

West Dean College and Gardens exist today thanks to the extraordinary vision of Edward James. Determined to inspire future generations of artists and craftspeople and ensure that skills were not lost, he established The Edward James Foundation to educate and nurture students in the creative arts and conservation.

Fifty years on, this mission is as crucial as ever. Your legacy will be the continued preservation of craft skills and an inspirational environment in which they can flourish.

How to leave a gift in your will

Your solicitor can best advise you on how to include West Dean College and Gardens in your will and ensure your intentions are recorded accurately. An existing will can be easily amended with a codicil to add a further instruction.

As part of the Edward James Foundation, West Dean College and Gardens has charitable status in the UK. This means that any gift you make to us will be deducted from the value of your estate before your tax liability is calculated so a gift in your will could reduce the total amount of tax due on your estate.

How to leave a gift in your will

Find out more

Making a gift in your will is a personal matter but by letting us know about your intentions you can make sure that we plan to use your gift in the way you intend. Making us aware of your proposed gift also helps us to keep you informed about our work and to invite you to special events at West Dean College and Gardens. To let us know that you wish to leave a gift in your will please complete our pledge form.

If you would like to discuss your wishes with us or have any questions about leaving a legacy to West Dean College or Gardens, please email the Student Funding & Outreach Team or call us on 01243 818300 (option 5).


Pledge a gift