Great sadness when we read this articile in the Daily Mail 28th April. The greatest joy in the life of animal enthusiast David Brown was the wild habitat he owned opposite his cottage that was home to foxes, badgers, hedgehogs and squirrels. So when he wrote his will, Mr Brown chose to leave his property to the RSPCA – a charity he trusted. But the RSPCA repaid his trust by selling the land to property developers, and last week, to the horror of his former neighbours, the habitat was flattened – in just 12 hours.
Wildlife haven: Developers dig up the untouched land, a sanctuary for animals, against the wishes of the late David Brown At least six trees, including two large oaks, were sawn down and the site reduced to muddy patch. For Mr Brown had made one crucial mistake in drawing up his will – he expressed the ‘wish’ that the area be maintained as an animal sanctuary rather than making it a legal condition of the will.This technicality allowed the RSPCA to ignore his wishes and instead cash in by selling both the cottage and the land for £295,000.