Nov 25, 2010
Last week, I had the great pleasure of attending the 12th Annual Purdey Game and Conservation Awards at Audley House, Mayfair.
One of the great things about working on the Purdey account and the Awards in particular, is the ability to meet a fantastic group of people who are incredibly passionate to not only protecting wildlife but enriching the lives of others.
The evening was a fantastic celebration of a selection of conservation projects across the UK, which improve the habitats for both reared and wild game birds. In the process, other species of flora benefit, enhancing the biodiversity of shoots and of the countryside.
Ten awards were presented across the evening including the Purdey Shield and Gold Award to The Duke of Norfolk. The Duke was awarded the coveted prize, for the ambitious and innovative wild game conservation project he has led for over six years to re-establish substantial wild grey ‘English’ partridge populations on two Arundel Estate farms in the South Downs National Park.
Other winners on the night included brothers Andrew and William Pitts from Northamptonshire, who were awarded the Purdey Silver Award for their exemplary shoot and game management. Two Purdey Bronze Awards were awarded to John Lennie of Warrington and Chris Spence of Calbourne, Isle of Wright who were both recognised for their outstanding conservation projects with a strong community spirit.
The Duke of Northumberland presented the awards at James Purdey and Sons, Mayfair, London on Thursday 18th November.
From Left: Lord Douro, Peter Knight, Beau Whitney, Charlie Mellor, Duke of Norfolk, Duke of Northumberland, Richard Purdey and Andrew Stringer.
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