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Floral Fringe Fair furnishes
friendly faces but few familiar with CRT

by Brian Lavers

Rarely photographed without binoculars round his neck, longtime stalwart of the Pierrepont monitoring group Brian Senior keeps a naked eye out for visitors to the Countryside Restoration Trust tent, decorated with various posters, at the Floral Fringe Fair.

Rarely photographed without binoculars round his neck, longtime stalwart of the Pierrepont monitoring group Brian Senior keeps a naked eye out for visitors to the Countryside Restoration Trust stand at the Floral Fringe Fair.

Over the weekend of 1st and 2nd June in an effort to “spread the word” Pierrepont volunteers, Brian Lavers and Brian Senior, aided by Conway Churchill who provided tent transport and construction skills, took a tent plus publicity material and Countryside Restoration Trust merchandise to this year’s Floral Fringe Fair, held in the impressive setting of Knepp Castle near Horsham. The weather smiled, the organisation excelled and the crowds turned out resulting in a successful and satisfying two days spent explaining the history and aims of the CRT to an interested and sympathetic audience.

It soon became obvious how few of what was clearly an environmentally aware group of people were aware of the CRT – though clearly firmly on the side of its aims – suggesting that there is much extra work still to be done on the communication front. Most of those we chatted to knew of Robin Page and were vociferous in support of his oft and firmly stated views, but very few succeeded in making the link between Robin and the CRT despite considerable coaching on our part.

As far as the aims of the CRT are concerned we could have had no better demonstration of their soundness than when we were approached by a lady living near to Green Farm, our “other” property in Surrey, who the evening before had heard on the heathland there, for the first time in her life, a nightjar “churring”. To have said that she was euphoric would have been a gross understatement!