Gordon Beningfield celebration

Gordon Beningfield celebration

River Gade (c) Ian Carle

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.

Saturday 14th April, 10am

Beningfield’s Birds, Redbourn

Beningfield’s Birds - A bird walk led by John Fisher. 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


Friday 15th - Sunday 17th June

Big Wild Weekend, 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.
  • 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.

Friday 6th - Sunday 8th July

Beningfield’s Wildlife Weekend at Natural History Museum, Tring

Talks, activities, stalls and games.

  • 7pm, Friday - Exclusive art/science double-bill for adults; Making a difference for butterflies’ and ‘Nature in art’; Tickets £9. Advance booking required.
  • 10am – 4pm, Saturday - Free activities, stalls and games for all ages


This event is kindly supported by Wyevale Garden Centre Hemel Hempstead