Legacy from wildlife lover helps Suffolk Broads nature reserve campaign

Friday 4th November 2016

Jean Hannaford with a little owl perched on her head

A long term member of Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Mrs Jean Hannaford was a passionate champion of animal welfare and loved wildlife.

Jean was a Suffolk Wildlife Trust member for 42 years, and generously remembered Suffolk Wildlife Trust in her Will. Her kindness, and that of others like her, means we can seize the opportunity now to create a spectacular nature reserve, linkng Carlton, Oulton & Castle Marshes in the Suffolk Broads.

Wildlife brought great joy to Jean. Suffolk changed so much during her lifetime and so many wild places were lost. She would be thrilled to see how her last gift to the Trust is helping to bring back the wildness she cherished, for others to enjoy.

Friends of Mrs Hannaford said she would have been “absolutely thrilled” to think that her legacy gift was helping the Trust to secure an important part of Suffolk’s Broadland landscape for wildlife.

Colin Strong, friend and colleague of Jean, recalled her as an “extremely strident advocate” for animal welfare, wildlife and the natural environment:

“She did not take any prisoners when it came to such things. Jean’s life and the things that she cared about were really an amalgam of animal welfare combined with an intellectual knowledge of and love for wildlife and the environment. It was the essence of her working life, in which she spent a great deal of time in hands-on care as well as organisationally, and it was also the essence of her life in general. She was a highly intelligent and caring individual.”

Mr Strong also said that Mrs Hannaford would have been proud to be helping the Trust's Suffolk Broads land purchase:

“She would have been absolutely thrilled. Her husband Bill was a very keen sailor and wetlands were very special to Jean. She would be especially pleased that she’s helping to buy an area that will become such a wild and wet place because so many of our wetlands are vulnerable places and yet they have so many species that depend on this type of habitat.”

Since 2007, 13 separate land purchases made possible by legacy gifts, have pieced together fragments of flower-rich fen and grazing marsh into the fabulous wetland nature reserve at Carlton & Oulton we now have the opportunity to extend.

Carlton & Oulton Marshes in 2000 Carlton & Oulton Marshes in 2008 Carlton & Oulton Marshes in 2015

We now have the chance to buy Peto’s Marsh and Share Marsh to transform the landscape at Carlton & Oulton Marshes. This opportunity will add 384 acres to the existing 627-acre nature reserve to create 1000 acres of wildness:

Your donation will be tripled by the legacy gifts we have already received from Mrs Hannaford and others, Gift Aid and our approaches to funders like the Heritage Lottery Fund. So we will turn every £10 you give into £30 of nature reserve. A gift of £100 will buy £300 of reserve.