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Gordon Beningfield celebration

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Gordon Beningfield was one of Britain's most talented wildlife and countryside artists and a great supporter of Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust.

On the 20th anniversary of his death a range of organisations are coming together to offer a programme of events to celebrate Gordon Beningfield’s life and work and to help get you closer to the beautiful wildlife he loved so much.

The celebration was the brainchild of two local Gordon Beningfield enthusiasts, Mark Stephens and Alastair Lindley, who are passionate about Gordon’s work and have worked hard with local organisations to help arrange and inspire a range of events happening throughout the year in the local area.

10am, Sat 14th April – Bird walk on the River Ver

Beningfield’s Birds - A bird walk led by John Fisher - April 14th 2018 at 10am

Redbourn Museum has organised a morning walk in spring to discover the birds of the countryside around the village. Just before his death 20 years ago in 1998, wildlife artist Gordon Beningfield was working on illustrations for a book entitled Vanishing Songbirds. The book was later published with text completed by Betty Beningfield and Robin Page.

John hopes to see some of the birds that were so loved by Gordon in the area close to his former home in Redbourn and will be collecting donations for the RSPB after the walk.

Booking essential by contacting Pauline Ridgwell Tel: 01582 626055 Email: Pauline-r@ntlworld.com

Big Wild Weekend - 15-17th June, Gaddesden

7pm Friday 15th - Ticket only reception and talk by Beningfield’s close friend and ‘The Nature Man’ Dennis Furnell, at St John the Baptist Church.

Tickets via Peter Diggle (01442 231628) or Peter King (01442 256556).

Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th:

  •  Flower Festival celebrating Beningfield’s English Countryside at St John the Baptist Church. The church will be open to the public 10.30-4.30 on Saturday and 11.45-4.30pm on Sunday (Please note there will be a church service at 10.30am on Sunday morning.)
  •  Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust 30 Days Wild– activities and family fun exploring the wildlife of the River Gade water meadows.  Learn to sketch wildlife with artist Martin Gibbons.
  •  Guided walks by the Water End & Upper Gade Valley Conservation Society – a walk will leave from the churchyard each day at 2pm. Sign-up on the day in the gazebo in the churchyard; walks will be 1-1.5 hours, highlighting the local wildlife and landscape much loved by Gordon Beningfield; each walk will end up back at the church where cream teas are being served.
  • Redbourn Museum and Pitstone Rural Life Museum will be taking part doing small displays on rural life.

This event is kindly supported by Wyevale Garden Centre Hemel Hempstead

6-8th July - Beningfield’s Wildlife Weekend at Natural History Museum, Tring

A pop-up display of Gordon Beningfield's work

Discover the local hero and his work in a free pop-up display, including a rare chance to see selected original artworks. The display will be a reminder to some and an introduction to others of Gordon’s skill as an artist and his passion as a campaigner for countryside conservation.

10.00-17.00 Friday and Saturday, 14.00-17.00 Sunday

Free display, no need to book

Friday 6 July -An exclusive evening of talks for adults about butterflies and wildlife art 

Making a difference for butterflies: how we can meet the challenges they face
As Butterfly Conservation celebrates 50 years, join Jim Asher, Chair of Butterfly Conservation, to explore what has changed and why butterflies matter in our landscapes.

Nature in art: inspiring wildlife illustration
Join Carol Roberts, wildlife artist and illustrator, including botanical illustrations for Field Studies Council identification guides. She’s created work for many organisations including World Wide Fund for Nature, Royal Geographic Society, National Trust, Natural History Museum, Forestry Commission, Oxford University Press and Collins Pocket Guide' series.

19.00-21.00

Tickets £9, including glass of wine. Places limited, book in advance by calling NHM at Tring event bookings on 020 7942 6163 between 10.00-16.00, Monday to Friday.

Saturday 7 July - Wildlife Super Saturday activities for families

Drop in for a free, fun day out for adults and families in and around the Museum's grounds. The Museum has teamed up with range of wildlife organisations to create a day of activities, walks, stalls and games for all ages.

10.00-16.00

Free event, no need to book

14th-16th September – Celebration of Gordon Beningfield’s work with the Boxmoor Trust.

More information to come.