Help us get the countryside into the hearts of people now, tomorrow and for years to come.

We warmly welcome a gift left to the Trust in your will.

A gift in your will to the Trust will allow us to continue to make a difference to Perthshire’s countryside for years to come.

We would love to hear from you if you are considering remembering Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust in your will. Please contact our Trust Director, Peter Quinn, by email.

We recommend you take independent legal advice to ensure your legacy is left where you want it most, particularly to your family first.

Why leave a gift to us?

The Birnam Oak is a living contact with our ancient past and it's a beautiful tree. We need to value it. - Ann, Dorchester

Visited a number of times and worth saving for future generations! - Geoff, Dalgety Bay

Getting the countryside into the hearts of people - Trust values

We believe that the countryside is a special place and should have a special place in everyone’s life and heart.

We care about the wellbeing of the countryside and the wellbeing of people and want our work to enhance both.

We believe that everyone should connect with and care for the natural, historical and cultural heritage of the countryside.

We believe that by making it possible for everyone to connect with and care for the countryside, their lives and the countryside are enriched.

Our legacy promise to you

Read the 11 points of our legacy promise to you.

Types of legacy

There are several different types of legacies, or gifts, you can leave in your will.

  1. A pecuniary legacy is a gift of a set sum of money, such as £100 or £2,500.
  2. A residuary legacy is a gift of a set percentage of your estate, such as 1% or 50%, once
    all other gifts, taxes and debts have been paid. These legacies tend to keep their value or
    even appreciate over time, as they are less subject to the impact of inflation. Even a small
    percentage of your estate can help us achieve amazing things across the Perth and
    Kinross countryside.
  3. A specific legacy is a gift of a particular item or personal possession, such as books,
    property, shares or artwork.

We recommend you speak with a solicitor regarding gifts in your will to determine which
legacy is right for you. If you are considering remembering us, they will also advise how
to include Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust in your will. Gifts left in wills to charities
are exempt from inheritance tax.

If you already have a will that looks after your family and loved ones and wish to include a gift to Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust, you can complete a codicil to be kept with your will, which allows you to make changes to your will without having to rewrite it.

What legacies have let us achieve

Kirkmichael Path Network

Kirkmichael is a village in Highland Perthshire, featuring an amazing variety of local paths enjoyed by residents and visitors. An annual legacy from a local Kirkmichael trust to PKCT guarantees that we are able to maintain and enhance the paths in around the village as well as parts of the Cateran Trail (one of Scotland's Great Trails) and the Cateran Mini Trail year after year to keep them accessible for the thousands of people who visit the area every year.

Before and after path improvements Cateran Mini Trail Kirkmichael to Lair

Before and after photos of route improvements made to the Cateran Trail thanks to a legacy.


Aitken Arboretum

This special arboretum was opened in 2006 following a legacy of £80,000 left to Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust by James Aitken - a well-known Perth landscape gardener, who had a great love of the trees on Kinnoull Hill.

You can read all about the extraordinary man James Aitken and his legacy on the Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park Group's website.

Aitken Arboretum ©photosbyzoe

Aitken Arboretum ©photos by zoe