Several years ago two local collectors and admirers of his work decided that local wildlife artist, naturalist and conservationist Gordon Beningfield should be remembered and celebrated in 2018, some twenty years after his untimely death. Over the last two years they have been working along with several charities and organisations close to Gordon’s heart to arrange a series of events during 2018. Details of which can be accessed below.
Please liaise directly with the organisation holding the event rather than DHT.
Gordon Beningfield (1936-1998)
The Dacorum Heritage Trust
14th April Beningfield Birds walk along the River Ver near Redbourn organised by Pauline Ridgwell of Redbourn Museum and led by John Fisher of the Ver Society. Beningfield flyer for bird walk
15 – 17th June Big Wild Weekend at Great Gaddesden.
7pm Friday 15th June Ticket only reception and talk by Beningfield’s close friend and ‘The Nature Man’ Dennis Furnell at St. John the Baptist Church. Tickets can be purchased in advance from Peter King, 01442 256 556 or from Peter Diggle, 01442 231 628.
16th – 17th June 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 16th and 11.45-4.30pm on the Sunday (Please note there will be a church service at 10.30am on Sunday morning.)
16th and 17th June Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust are holding family-oriented activities and events in the water meadows along the River Gade at Great Gaddesden to coincide with the flower festival at the church.
16th and 17th June Water End and Upper Gade Conservation Society giving guided walks.
6th – 8th July Weekend exhibition at the Natural History Museum at Tring. Starting with an evening reception on Friday 6th (ticketed event) the weekend exhibition will include original paintings and associated conservation events supported by national conservation charities including Butterfly Conservation, Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust and The Woodland Trust.
14th-16th September The Boxmoor Trust are also celebrating Gordon’s work. Details to follow.