By Phil Isaac
I was a teacher at a junior school until my retirement in 2001, and all my working life I’ve tried to instil a love of nature into the younger generation. That’s why I have chosen to leave a gift in my Will to Sussex Wildlife Trust – as they believe in the next generation and are getting youngsters involved in and inspired by wildlife.
It’s really important to sow the seeds at a young age. I remember my childhood, growing up on Hayling Island. I was absolutely fascinated by birds. It’s from those early days that I got my love of the landscape all around us.
Now the Trust is inspiring the youngsters of today. With all the computers and equipment keeping children indoors, Sussex Wildlife Trust is actively encouraging children to get out there and get their hands dirty.
From the chalk cliffs to Iping Common, there are so many landscapes for youngsters to explore and enjoy across our county. If you’re a birdwatcher like me, you’re spoilt for choice. We see Avocets, Egrets and sometimes Kingfishers on the Chichester canal, as well as all the seabirds out on the mudflats, especially in the winter months.
The Trust is doing so many practical things to save our natural heritage like this, acquiring land and promoting the needs of wildlife, and working with businesses and government too. I wanted to make sure this work could continue, and the best way to do that is by making a legacy gift.
It was really straightforward to set up the legacy. I’ve supported the Trust since the early 1990s, and it just seemed a natural extension of my support so far. I wanted to give something back to wildlife, and this was simply a great opportunity to do something about it.
It feels very satisfying to be leaving something for the long-term. It’s good to give something back, and feel that in my own little way I might be helping to save the planet and the creatures that live on it.
My wife is very pleased about the legacy too – she got the birdwatching bug when we were lucky enough to go to Australia and see some fantastic birds like the Jabiru. Leaving a legacy is a great way to get more involved with a charity you care about, and with the Trust we both know it’s going to be money well spent, buying up land, creating corridors for wildlife and – most important of all – getting the young children involved.