The Countryside Restoration Trust (CRT) is now proud to announce that we have officially launched the Gordon Beningfield Dorset Farm Appeal.
It was the wish of the late Gordon Beningfield that the CRT should have a wildlife friendly farm in Dorset. Gordon was an outstanding artist, conservationist and countryman. Now the CRT wishes to turn Gordon’s dream into a reality by searching for a farm in Dorset. To achieve a successful conclusion the CRT needs to raise at least £1million in 2 years.
Gordon spoke publically about wildlife and his paintings regularly; village halls were always packed solid and his favourites were always in Dorset.
He loved its people, the culture of its shepherds and their sheep, its wildlife, and of course the countryside of Thomas Hardy. He thought the CRT should have a Dorset farm to show how farming and wildlife in a beautiful area should co-exist. He wanted people to understand where their food came from and appreciate at the same time the beauty of a butterfly’s wings and recognise the call of the cuckoo.
When he died the CRT launched an appeal, but sadly it didn’t raise enough to purchase a farm. We are now in a position to start the appeal again.
Dame Judi Dench is a patron of The Countryside Restoration Trust’s (CRT) Gordon Beningfield Dorset Farm Appeal.
The CRT is a charity that was established in 1993 in response to growing fears about the loss of wildlife caused by intensive and industrialised farming and is now hoping to turn Gordon’s dream into a reality by searching for a farm in Dorset.
Appeal Patron, Dame Judi Dench said “As a lover of water-colour painting and the countryside I was delighted when I discovered the work of Gordon Beningfield.
“I am so pleased that the CRT is honouring his art and his life by wanting to acquire or create a wildlife friendly farm in Dorset. I am privileged to support this exciting appeal.”