Asos owner planned to give Scottish estates to his children before Sri Lanka attack

Mail Online | 4/22/2019 | Chris Pleasance;Dianne Apen-sadler;Jake Wallis Simons, Associate Global Editor, In Colombo For Mailonline
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The billionaire Asos owner who lost three of his four children in the Sri Lanka terror attacks had revealed plans to hand his Scottish estates to them to carry on his legacy of conservation just days before they died.

Anders Holch Povlsen, who is Scotland's biggest landowner with 220,000 acres to his name, has been working via his Wildland project to 'rewild' parts of Scotland, bringing back endangered species by reviving long-lost habitats.

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In an open letter posted on the firm's website last week, Mr Povlsen and wife Anne Storm Pedersen wrote that the project will take longer than a lifetime to complete and so would be carried on by their children after they died.

He wrote: 'From our home at Glenfeshie, both Anne and myself – our children and our parents too – have long enjoyed a deep connection with this magnificent landscape.

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'As the holdings have grown and our common vision for the work becomes ever clearer, we have incorporated the entirety of the project into a venture we call Wildland.

'It’s a significant and lifelong commitment that we have made - not just for ourselves but for the Scottish people and Scottish nature too - a commitment which we believe in deeply.

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'We wish to restore our parts of the Highlands to their former magnificent natural state and repair the harm that man has inflicted on them.

'There are many vulnerable properties across all of the holdings that we have the wonderful and privileged opportunity to rehabilitate and restore to life; there are also archaeologically important structures that we have the responsibility to protect.'

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'Our vision of Wildland is of a project that provides security and an enduring connection, not just for those that work and live on our estates but also for the greater communities.

'We are working towards an entirely...
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