Wildlife Trust:

What do a for­mer Nor­wich doctor and an Os­car-win­ning ac­tor have in com­mon? Nor­folk Wildlife Trust evan­ge­list Nick Ach­e­son ex­plains

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What Olivia Col­man and a 20th cen­tury doctor have in com­mon

Many a long moon ago, a lovely young woman joined my year at Gre­sham’s School for the sixth form. From the start she was ef­fort­lessly pop­u­lar; not in the coldly beau­ti­ful way of some teens, but be­cause she was funny and kind, with every­one, al­ways.

A cou­ple of days be­fore I sat down to write this ar­ti­cle, the same girl stood on a stage in Los An­ge­les. Tears stream­ing down her face, she gave a speech of thanks on re­ceiv­ing the Academy Award for Best Ac­tress.

Even at school, it was clear that Col­lie (as Olivia Col­man was known to us) was des­tined to be an ac­tress, though just how great an ac­tress could not be fore­seen. Many peo­ple are born with tal­ent (I my­self am moder­ately good at cro­chet) and many of us have strokes of luck; but what sep­a­rates those who achieve great­ness from those who are merely tal­ented, or lucky, are com­mit­ment, pas­sion for their en­deav­our, and daunt­less drive.

Ninety-three years ago, in 1926, Nor­wich doctor Syd­ney Long, al­ready a lead­ing light in the Nor­folk and Nor­wich Nat­u­ral­ists So­ci­ety, had a bold idea: a trust which would pur­chase land in Nor­folk and pre­serve it per­ma­nently as a home for wildlife. Ini­tially called Nor­folk Nat­u­ral­ists Trust, it was formed to man­age Cley Marshes, but within months was mak­ing fur­ther pur­chases, in an at­tempt to safe­guard frag­ments of each of Nor­folk’s pre­cious land­scapes and their wildlife.

Matthew Usher

Nor­wich-born and Gre­sham’s ed­u­cated Os­car win­ner Olivia Col­man

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