11 June 1999
Dimbleby to open farm footpath
By FWi staff
BROADCASTER Jonathan Dimbleby has agreed to open a new footpath on farmland acquired by the Countryside Restoration Trust in Cambridgeshire.
Mr Dimbleby, who is well known as a campaigner for the countryside, will open the footpath on Sunday afternoon at Lark Rise Farm, Barton.
The Countryside Restoration Trust is an independent charity which believes that profitable farming, wildlife conservation and landscape creation can co-exist.
It buys land that trustees believe has been over-intensively farmed and then farms it profitably while re-introducing the habitat and the wildlife once found there.
Lark Rise Farm was bought by the trust with the aid of Heritage Lottery funding and is now being farmed environmentally after being intensively farmed for cereals.
Even after a short period of six months, many species of birds and flowers are beginning to re-appear, said Robin Page, the trusts chairman.
Before opening the footpath, Mr Dimbleby will speak at a special thanksgiving service for the countryside at the local parish church.