Deceased investment banker leaves millions for flowers

Now that's flower power!

The Daily Mail reports that a seaside town in Britain is set to plant one million flowers after receiving a $3.56m gift from the will of an investment banker.

Keith Owen lived in Canada, but his mother had retired to Sidmouth in Devon, where he spent his holidays. When he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, he gave the town his whole fortune, including a retirement fund, pension and string of properties.

He told officials to keep Sidmouth 'beautiful' by carrying out community projects and conservation work - and in an offhand comment, he suggested that they should 'plant a million bulbs'.

Civic leaders took the suggestion to heart, and are now planting flowers such as daffodils, snowdrops and crocuses in verges, gardens, lawns and flowerbeds.

In May 2007, Owen, whilst visiting Sidmouth from Canada, found that he had a terminal illness. 8 weeks before he died, the former banker placed the money he had saved for retirement into the care of the Sid Vale Association (SVA), so that it could be invested in a permanent endowment. Thus was created the Keith Owen Fund (SVA).

To access the complete Daily Mail article hit the link below.

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