This good news comes to us from New Zealand.
A married couple, Dick and Jillian Jardine donated their 2,200-acre property to the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust (QEII) so that the people of New Zealand can enjoy the benefit and beautiful scenery of the place. Dick said, “This land has been in the family for nearly a century and we have endeavoured to improve and enhance it over this time.” He further said, “Having QEII as the caretaker of this property gives us the comfort and assurance to proudly pass over the gift for all New Zealand to enjoy and appreciate.”
The shirking development offers for the protection of the area as working pastureland, Dick and Jillian gave the local government of the Wakatipu, on New Zealand’s South Island, something that is becoming increasingly scarce: a wide-open landscape. This Wakatipu landscape is situated at the base of a mountain range named, Remarkables, which is a part of the Central Lakes Region. According to the QEII, Jillian did not want to consign the entire area to become something akin to Malibu on South Island. She said, “We thought about this idea and it just stuck, so it feels like the right thing to do. We want to keep it as it is forever, we don’t want buildings all over it or housing, there’s so much housing going on…we want to be part of saving something.”
The ground will be inaugurated in 2022 as it will be the 100th anniversary of the Jardine family acquisition. The property will be used for pastoral farming, conservation, public access, and landscape protection. The CEO of the trust said that the property was an extremely generous gift to New Zealand which everyone will endure for a lifetime and even after that. This act of generosity shown by the couple has set an example that everyone must be generous and wise in their deeds. The decision of donating the property to the trust was really an appreciating one.
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