Thank you, Anne & Lionel

In 1985 Anne and Lionel decided they wanted to do something extra special to help wildlife. They bought a four acre field near to their home in Staffordshire and have been working ever since to create rich and diverse habitats to help wildlife thrive. They added a further two acre piece of land in 1990.

 

Thanks to their hard work, the land is now a haven for species such as the protected great crested newts, toads, frogs, badgers, weasels and stoats.

 

Anne and Lionel have now been members of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust for 30 years. Recently, they decided to leave their land to the Trust as a gift in their wills, as well as money to assist with further care for the fields.

 

They said “by purchasing the land, we made it our aim to provide an oasis for wildlife to enjoy and then hopefully thrive…being members of the Trust has given us a lot of pleasure over the years. We have seen the charity grow from its early roots and when we were writing our Wills and deciding who to leave the land to, we felt the Trust would be the right choice.”
 

Thank you, Kathy & Andrew

Andrew started volunteering for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust in 2011 and he and his wife Kathy became members shortly afterwards. Their interest in the Trust began because of their love of walking and gardening; “Initially we both enjoyed walking and welcoming wildlife into our garden. Inevitably this lead to us buying a pair of binoculars and making regular trips to Attenborough Nature Reserve. It also made us realise how delicate and in need of protection the Nottinghamshire flora and fauna is.” said Kathy. 

Realising how much work the Wildlife Trust still needs to do, not only to protect wildlife now, but also in the future inspired Andrew and Kathy to leave a gift in their Wills. 

“The Trust has an ambitious Living Landscape project which aims to enhance wildlife by creating green corridors that will link nature reserves throughout the county. This is a long-term project and it would be nice to think that, in making a gift, we will be supporting local wildlife long after we have gone.” said Andrew. 

Thank you, Moira

"My husband and I have supported a number of charities over the years, both financially and also in practical terms, and when it came to re-writing our Wills a few years ago we decided we would leave gifts to our favourite charities. 

When we had our two sons, now in their 30s, we were living in an area within walking distance of Attenborough Nature Reserve near Nottingham and this became a regular place to visit—walks along the river banks trying to spot and identify the different birds and plants, meeting up with other mums and their children and having that ‘feel good factor’ of being outdoors for a few hours. 

In those early days there was no large, convenient car park, no visitors’ centre, no café, no toilet! No matter! The old Wildlife Trust caravan was a small mine of information, staffed by enthusiastic volunteers handing out leaflets, advice and keen to share their knowledge and love of the reserve. 

When I retired from teaching it happened to coincide with the opening the new Visitors’ Centre on the reserve so I volunteered with the education team helping with various activities designed for visiting school children and, 11 years later, I’m still enjoying it. 

I have chosen to leave a gift to the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, in particular to Attenborough, as a thank you for all the pleasures it has given me and my family over the years, for the never tiring support the staff offer to visitors and knowing that any legacy left to the Trust will help them to continue with the wonderful work of passing on knowledge and enthusiasm to the next generation. 

I would encourage anyone to think about leaving a legacy to a charity, to help support the fantastic work they all do." 

Moira Robinson, Nottinghamshire 

Thank you, Tessa

As an amateur botanist with a special interest in wild flower conservation, Tessa realised the importance of Waitby Greenriggs, Cumbria, for rare flowers such as orchids and Grass-of-Parnassus. 

Thanks to Tessa’s discovery, the area is now a nature reserve and thanks to a gift in her will to Cumbria Wildlife Trust, she will continue to support wild flower conservation for years to come. 

Tessa’s kind gift is helping to create a new wild flower meadow at Eyecott Hill Nature Reserve, Cumbria, so every year more and more people will see her passion and generosity in full bloom. 

Thank you, George

A generous gift in the will of George Wilson was unexpected, but very gratefully received. George lived in Arnside, so his gift is being used to support our work to protect marine life in Morecambe Bay.  

George’s gift has also supported five training placements for young people seeking a career in marine conservation. These trainees will gain the knowledge and skills they need for future employment – which will ensure George’s legacy lives on as they embark on a lifetime contribution to conservation. 

Thank you, Bill & Margaret

For years Bill and Margaret were committed members of North Wales Wildlife Trust and honorary wardens at Cors Goch nature reserve in Anglesey. 

There, they exercised their shared passions for botany, birds and butterflies. 

Bill and Margaret kindly left a gift to North Wales Wildlife Trust, so now, thanks to them, the wildlife that they cared for so much will be protected for years to come.