Sidmouth in Devon, southwest England is blooming with beauty. Canadian banker Keith Owens died in 2007 and planned to retire Sidmouth. He left his life savings of £2.3m ($3 million) to a local voluntary conservation society. He contacted the Sid Vale Association and wished for his money to be used to “support local projects, which made use of voluntary labor, and in particular to sustain the ambiance and way of life, recognized in Sidmouth and its surroundings.” Over an area of 50 sites 153,000 flowers were planted. Ed Harrison of the Sidmouth Civic Society said, “Every year it brings back happy memories of this man who did this amazing thing for the town.”

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