Raising money to help the Dorset Wildlife Trust
On the day my fourth grandchild Orin, was born last November, I received a mailing from DORSET WILDLIFE TRUST the latest appeal from the Dorset Wildlife trust about the alarming decline in hedges –
Here is a photo of my own hedge being treated by David, our local, expert craftsman.
It struck me forcibly that I wanted this new baby – my other grandchildren, and yours – all our grandchildren to live in a world where hedgerows and the wildlife they support, are still here.. are still the norm, not something unusual.
I went on to consider sadly that so many of the important and memorable things that enriched my airtex’d and Enid Blyton’d youth, are now seeming quaint or obsolete or vanished …. like words in the dictionary – the removal of certain ‘obsolete’ words from the Oxford Junior Dictionary .. acorn, adder, ash, beech, bluebell, buttercup, catkin, conker, cowslip, cygnet, dandelion, fern, hazel, heather, heron, ivy, kingfisher, lark, mistletoe, nectar, newt, otter, pasture and willow. The words taking their places in the new edition included attachment, block-graph, blog, broadband, bullet-point, celebrity, chatroom, committee, cut-and-paste, MP3 player and voice-mail. For blackberry, read Blackberry… the fact that children know logos for Coca Cola or McDonalds but don’t know about the difference between an oak tree and an ash… surely this is sad…
My boys grew up in the fields and woods around our house, damming streams and building tree houses – in fact they still visit those places – now with their children, and my oldest Grandson Reuben is now raising money for ‘Save the rhino’ by doing a local walk up Melbury, the hill in my painting…..
I feel passionately about this – I know there are so many other issues in the world this dreary January …. the plight of refugees, the NHS, Brexit, Donna T Rump!!! …. It is all quite overwhelming and depressing …. here is an opportunity to donate to a very good cause and have the chance to win this painting of mine, which has been beautifully framed by Dorset framer, Hope Elletson and his colleagues at Pictureframes.co.uk, the world’s only bespoke picture framing and printing company to be certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council® (FSC®).
The auction will take place here and will last for 14 days beginning on the 3rd of April. There will be a reserve price set which, if not reached by the end of the auction will permit me to refuse to sell.
Delivery will be negotiated after sale depending on the address of the wining bidder
The ENTIRE proceeds will be donated to the DORSET WILDLIFE TRUST