Conservation award for head keeper at village estate

Peter Hall, Park Farm, Bedfordshire. Free use. Please credit:  Purdey Game & Conservation Awards 2014 / FieldsportsChannel.tv PNL-141125-152820001
Peter Hall, Park Farm, Bedfordshire. Free use. Please credit: Purdey Game & Conservation Awards 2014 / FieldsportsChannel.tv PNL-141125-152820001

The head keeper at a village estate has been recognised for his tireless conservation work.

Peter Hall, of Park Farm Estate in Harrold, was presented with a Certificate of Merit at the Purdey Awards for Game and Conservation.

Park Farm Estate has won an award. PNL-141125-152808001

Park Farm Estate has won an award. PNL-141125-152808001

His good work spans almost 40 years and has seen him restore and replant large areas of the estate, with a major part of his work involving managing natural regeneration of Ash, a type of tree that has been recently come under attack from a deadly fungus.

Peter aims to encourage more wild birds, including wild pheasants onto the North Beds farm.

As part of his work he has dug 10 ponds, which are now home to newts, frogs and toads. Awards organiser Richard Purdey said: “Although this entry is more about woodland conservation than shooting, judges were impressed by Peter’s dedication and commitment to conserving Park Farm’s historic woods, and the extensive benefits his work has conferred upon their biodiversity, including game bird habitats.”

Judges said that the woodland pathways ‘make a lovely nature walk’ and that ‘some of the woodland glades and rides team with butterflies’.

With a true passion for his woodland, trees and woodland plants, it was apparent to judges that without Peter’s work, much of the woodland on the farm would be derelict.

The awards, hosted by gun and rifle makers James Purdey & Sons, were presented by French chef Albert Roux OBE.

Pictures courtesy: Purdey Game & Conservation Awards 2014 / FieldsportsChannel.tv