Spike's daughter Jane Milligan asks, "Can you believe
what we're doing to this planet?
"My father couldn't believe it so he tried to do something
about and he was more than a comedian; he was a conservationist
of the most high level. He had a team around him who could
help him to write the letters and get it happening and he
made money but he gave it away to the right things. The
distribution of wealth on this planet is all wrong and I've
learnt that from my father."
Throughout his life, Spike fought hard and mounted numerous
public campaigns to preserve the heritage of flora, fauna
and man-made things.
He saved the Elfin Oak Tree (originally located in Holland
Park, London, but now in Kensington Park) because he believed
it was symbolic of people who had done something special
for children in the past – the tree was full of wonderful
little carvings of fairies, gnomes and pixies. Lyndon Gee,
who was involved in the 90s campaign to restore the Elfin
Oak Tree, says it was originally made from a storm damaged
ancient oak in Richmond Park.
The Elfin Tree in Holland Park, which
Spike lovingly restored