NORTH Dorset artist Phyllis Wolff feels passionately about the countryside and she is inviting bids for one of her paintings, Melbury Hill, to raise money for Dorset Wildlife Trust./
Phyllis explains: “On the day my fourth grandchild Orin, was born last November, I received the latest appeal from the Dorset Wildlife Trust about the alarming decline in hedges. 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.”
To find out more and to bid for Melbury Hill and help dorset Wildlife Trust, visit www.phylliswolff.co.uk