The Countryside Restoration Trust was established in 1993 by the Chairman, Robin Page and the late artist and conservationist, Gordon Beningfield.
Launched in response to growing fears about intensive and industrialised farming, the CRT initially aimed to purchase land which had been intensively farmed, in order to restore it to a living countryside, rather than a lifeless food factory. As the CRT has grown its aims have broadened to encompass purchasing farmland and woodland where traditional farming methods, wildlife habitat and biodiversity are under threat.
The CRT promotes a working countryside using sensitive and sympathetic farming practices that encourage and protect wildlife to produce quality food.
Why Support Us
We all have a responsibility to look after our environment which is composed of innumerable complex and interlinking systems of flora and fauna that together maintain an essential balance.
Over the years much damage has occurred to our countryside and farming, with large areas of ordinary countryside and familiar species disappearing. We want to put a stop to this.
We believe that conservation should not be concentrated on preserving ‘islands’ of specialist habitats and endangered species in nature reserves.
The Countryside Restoration Trust is dedicated to restoring and protecting the wider countryside and its wildlife. Our aim is for conservation improvements to be carried out alongside practical farming and land management and to spread these aims by example and education.
Dame Judi Dench
Countryside Restoration Trust Patron
Who We Are
Dame Judi Dench – Countryside Restoration Trust Patron
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall – CRT Food and Farming Patron
Sir Jonathan Porritt – Environmentalist and latterly a government advisor on sustainable development
Brian Jackman – Writer, journalist and conservationist based in Dorset
A board of Trustees, made up of volunteers, manages the Trust.
- Robin Page (Chairman) – Author, farmer and conservationist.
- Nicholas Watts MBE (Vice Chair) – Farmer, entrepreneur, owner of Vine House Farm, the largest grower/seller of bird seed in the UK.
- William Cross (Trustee) – Farmer
- Mark Rose (Trustee) – CEO, Fauna & Flora International
- Graham Girling (Trustee) – Retired engineer
- Chris Knights (Trustee) – Norfolk farmer and wildlife photographer.
- David Mills (Trustee) – Conservationist
Planting of Hedge
Purchase of Holt Field
Purchase of Warner’s Corner
Lark Rise Farm Appeal
Purchase of 140 acres at Barton
Nan Major leaves CRT £120,000
David Powell gifts Awnells Farm
Duncan Elliot gifts Margaret Wood
Robin Page completes Butterfly Safari
Purchase of Turnastone Court Farm
Greta McDonough gifts 40 acres
Jason Martin gifts 12 acres
John Broadbent-Jones gifts 200 acres
Purchase of Tinker's Field
Greta McDonough purchases a house
New state-of-the-art dairy built
Margaret Wood pond created
Alison Mountain gifts Twyford Farm
Red Squirrels Rehomed
Re-launch of Dorset Appeal
Babers Farm Purchased/Gifted
CRT attends Countryfile Live
40th National Hedgelaying Champs
RGS 25th Anniversary Celebration
Total Expenditure 618,842 (in pounds sterling)
Costs of Generating Voluntary Income
Investment Management Costs
Farm and Land Management
Total Income 3,128,849 (in pounds sterling)