Gifts in Wills provide invaluable income for the Trust, benefiting all aspects of our work across Sheffield & Rotherham
When Joan Hoare died, she remembered the Trust with a generous legacy in her will, which was used to establish and maintain new wildflower meadows on our Centenary Riverside nature reserve.
In the last 100 years, 97% of wildflower meadows in the UK have been lost; thanks to Joan’s generosity, this one will continue to flourish, attract wildlife and give pleasure to visitors for many years to come.
Judith A Connell
The gift Judith left to the Trust when she died in 2015 had a huge impact on local wildlife. Thanks to her generous support we were able to continue the dedicated management of our nature reserves.
This year we saw an increase in the breeding of nightjars and barn owls, the return of the willow tit to our sites and the recording of over 3,000 spikes of the locally rare bog asphodel during Blacka Moor surveys.
Close to Caroline’s heart, Wyming Brook’s babbling streams, mossy crags and sweet smelling pines are protected today as a valuable home to wildlife.
The generous gift Caroline left in her will for the management of the site helped Wyming Brook to become recognised as one of the very best green spaces in the UK, receiving a prestigious Green Flag Award the year following Caroline’s Wyming Brook legacy.
Michael J L Oliver
Michael wanted a part of his lasting legacy to be wildlife. Michael’s generous gift in 2018 supported the Trust to continue working towards achieving the Vision.
For example that year we launched the ‘Our Moors’ campaign – taking action for local wildlife and lobbying for an end to wildlife persecution and intensive moorland management practices.
John R Cousins
In 2018 John R Cousins passed away. His kind donation in his Will to the Trust helped to connect more young people with nature, delivering targeted projects in deprived areas in Sheffield and Rotherham.
The Eastwood Estate Park ‘Boys Club’, gave 8-13 year old Roma boys in Eastwood Village, Rotherham, the skills to become Young Rangers. Helping them to see the value in their green spaces.
In 2018 we received a generous gift from Roy. This enabled us to continue our work managing the Moss Valley Woodlands. For example in 2018/19 year the bridleway at Moss Valley was greatly improved. One kilometre of track re-surfaced and better drainage installed, providing a good year-round surface. Not only has this work improved the accessibility of the nature reserve, it’s also channeling visitor traffic and helping prevent erosion of the precious wildflower habitat.
Thank you to everyone past and present who has kindly remembered Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust in their Will.