Biodiversity at the ANIMA Event

‘ Everything is connected.We can all make a difference!’

so says Jane Goodall and when she speaks on behalf of animals and the planet people do listen.

Biodiversity and how we can all play our part in saving it is the core theme of the Anima Event at Brockenhurst Village Community Centre on Saturday 30th September.

There will be over 30 stalls and all of the exhibitors at the event are addressing this issue in their own way helping us all to have a gentler footprints on the planet which we share.

Some of the organisations represented are addressing the problems directly like the Orangutan Appeal, Bumblebee Conservation, Population Matters, Born Free, Sea Shepherd and Jane Goodall Institute.
Orangutan Appeal UK is dedicated to the rehabilitation and preservation of orangutans and the conservation of their habitat. The Appeal strives to protect remaining wild populations of orangutans by providing support and funding for projects across Borneo; and by raising awareness of the plight of this great ape across the globe on behalf of the famous Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.

Orang-utan Appeal’s founder Susan Sheward MBE with baby orangutan Archie, who was heavily featured in ‘Paul O’Grady’s Animal Orphans’ on ITV. Paul fell in love with little Archie on his trip to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.

Red Tailed Bumblebee

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was established because of serious concerns about the ‘plight of the bumblebee’. In the last 80 years our bumblebee populations have crashed. Two species have become nationally extinct and several others have declined dramatically.
Bumblebees are familiar and much-loved insects that pollinate our crops and wildflowers, so people are rightly worried. They have a vision for a different future in which our communities and countryside are rich in bumblebees and colourful flowers, supporting a diversity of wildlife and habitats for everyone to enjoy. They are growing fast and have over 10,000 members.

Elephants George Logan

Born Free Foundation promotes Compassionate Conservation to enhance the survival of threatened species in the wild and protect natural habitats while respecting the needs of and safeguarding the welfare of individual animals. Born Free seeks to have a positive impact on animals in the wild and protect their ecosystems in perpetuity, for their own intrinsic value and for the critical roles they play within the natural world.

Population Matters addresses population size and environmental sustainability. Population growth contributes to environmental degradation, resource depletion and other problems. They conduct research, inform the public and advocate improved family planning and sex education, women’s empowerment, smaller families and moderate consumption.
Their film Sense and Sustainability will be shown at 10.30 am followed by a talk at 11.30 am by world-famous explorer and sustainability ambassador, Adrian Hayes who will tell of his direct experience of humanity’s effects on the wild places and what we can do in our lifestyle to bring about the changes the planet needs.

Explorer, adventurer and sustainability ambassador Adrian Hayes.

Sea Shepherd Established in 1977 by Captain Paul Watson, one of the founders of Greenpeace, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Their mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. To do this Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.

The Vaquita is the rarest dolphin in the world with less than 100 surviving.

The Jane Goodall Institute
Dr. Goodall has long been an advocate for the dignity and well-being of all living things, and the Jane Goodall Institute shares her belief that speaking out on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves is our responsibility as fellow inhabitants of this shared earth.
Environmental advocacy, animal welfare and human rights are just a few of the issues we are passionate about both by being thought leaders and influencers, and by bringing all voices into discussion rooms on topics that matter. Dr. Jane Goodall discovered that when we put local communities at the heart of conservation, we improve the lives of people, animals and the environment. Jane Goodall Institute advances Dr. Goodall’s holistic approach through a tapestry of nine programs that build on each other and bring the power of community-centered conservation to life.

“When you live in the forest, it’s easy to see that everything’s connected.”

Flo carries her infant Flint Jane Goodall Institute – Hugo Van Lawick

Compassion in World Farming’s ‘ Dead Zone ‘ campaign focuses on how our eating habits are causing huge habitat loss throughout the world.

Keith Taylor, Green MEP and member of the European Animal Welfare Committee will be talking about the cost of meat consumption on the environment.

The event has been organised by No More Dodos a charity which uniquely uses Art and Sport to inspire change in our lifestyles.
If you are in any way interested in animals and the planet we live on, this should be the day for you.
Please do share and put it in your diary right away!


Entrance to Anima is a very affordable suggested donation of £2.50 per person and £5 for a family.

For all press and other enquiries please call Geoff Francis on 07581221462
Photo reference available.

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 Good Eats at the ANIMA Event

In 1950 the human population was 2.5 billion, in 2005 6.5 billion. By 2050 this number is scheduled to rise to more than 9 billion according to the United Nations. The way we live and the things we consume have an extremely destructive impact on the planet and those we share it with.

In 2010 the UN released a report showing livestock now consumes much of the world’s crops and by inference a great deal of freshwater, fertilisers and pesticides. More than 50% of the worlds grain, the world sea catch and half the milk production is fed to animals and wasted in terms of protein values lost. This wastage is compounded by the pollution generated from production and disposal of these products. Agriculture, particularly meat and dairy products, accounts for 70% of global freshwater consumption, 38% of the total land use and 19% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Animal products alone cause more damage than producing construction minerals such as sand or cement, plastics or metals. Biomass and crops for animals are as damaging as burning fossil fuels.

All the food on offer at the Anima Event provides a celebration of what can be enjoyed when you take animals out of the equation. The kitchen will be run by Prize winning cookbook writer and chef Tony Bishop Weston from Foods for Life with his wife, Yvonne, a Harley Street nutritionist on hand to answer any questions you might have about this way of Eating for the Planet.

There will be a wonderful selection of tastes and flavours from around the world. Nutri Station will be offering raw cakes and treats from Latvia, Iran and Sri Lanka. Their goal is to help people realize how important our eating habits are, how they influence our health and eventually our happiness. To promote a change in life style through knowledge; information that will help you take control of what you eat and how you feel in the short and long run of what we call LIFE.
A flavour of the Caribean will be provided by the Global Fusion Creole Vegan Bakery, a family run Vegan business making Creole style cakes, pastries and food. Their range, which includes sweet & savoury, has extremely reasonable prices, embracing the philosophy for inclusion, generosity and kindness.

For that luxurious taste treat Bob and Iris at Solkiki will present their multi-prize-winning range of planet friendly, cruelty free chocolate. Solkiki Chocolate is entirely plant-based, made in a renewably powered cacao lab and directly-traded with farmers in a system that removes middle men and ensures the money goes where it is needed most. Their chocolate has been competing in the biggest international competitions where mainstream judges have been very impressed with the quality of Solkiki Chocolate, which is all dairy-free. Indeed Solkiki’s White Chocolate took Gold for Britain in the International Chocolate Awards among 15 other major international gongs including UK Silvers and International Bronzes.

Partnering with Maranon Chocolate who provide cacao from the Maranon River Canyon in Peru, Solkiki champion fine flavour, ethical trade and biodiversity. Come and taste the World’s Rarest Chocolate – and British Gold medallist – Maranon 68% at the Anima event; Saturday 30th September and be a part of this Short Chain success story.

And if that is not enough for your sweet tooth the Solent Organic Vegans and Veggies will be selling their very much appreciated arthouse cupcakes amongst a range of other mouth watering delights.

And for the animals in your life Veggie Pets have all sorts of very good things on offer.

Pictured below Rusty who lived till 18 on their products.

The event has been organised by No More Dodos a charity which uniquely uses Art and Sport to inspire change in our lifestyles.
The Anima Event at Brockenhurst Village Community Centre is on Saturday 30th September 10am – 5pm.
There will be over 30 stalls and all of the exhibitors at the event are addressing this issue in their own way helping us all to have a gentler footprint on the planet which we share.

If you are in any way interested in animals and the planet we live on, this should be the day for you.
Please do share and put it in your diary right away!


Entrance to Anima is a very affordable suggested donation of £2.50 per person and £5 for a family.

For all press and other enquiries please call Geoff Francis on 07581221462
Photo reference available.


ART at the ANIMA Event

Cheetah by Paul Windridge

Variety and diversity are the watchwords for the Anima Event at the Brockenhurst Community Centre on Saturday 30 September. This is most certainly true of the elements gathered together for the art exhibition which is an integral part of the event.

Digital artist Paul Windridge

Paul works in moving image and sound. He is a short film and music maker, exploring what we perceive to be reality then presenting it as something completely different. His visual work is centred on the atmospheric distortion of time and space – on ambiguity, experimentation and abstraction, in order to open up the possibility of multi-dimensional filmic universes, and to suggest there may be more to the world than most people imagine.

Having started his creative life as a painter he is as much concerned with the still image as the moving, and his desire is to be able to stop his films at any point and for that single one twenty fifth of a second still frame to be good enough to stand as a still image in it’s own right.

One-man exhibitions include: The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, The Barbican Centre, London and The Mermaid Theatre, London. Selected exhibitions include: Lancashire Artists, The Laing Collection and Manchester Academy.

His moving image work has been shown in various film and arts festivals, and galleries, including: Paris, St Petersburg, Berlin, Dublin and Zurich and in special events at Tate Britain, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and on BBC Big Screens nationwide, Big Screen Project Manhattan and at BBC Electric Proms.

Paul has created a number of very special digital images from photographs he took on a recent trip to Zambia. These will be available to buy as cards, posters and print with all proceeds going to No More Dodos. He has also created a film celebrating the work of a number of the contributing exhibitors at the event. This will be on continuous display in the foyer. As well as this he will be presenting an environmental film show at 3.30 p.m in the stage area.

Paul Windridge’s trailer for his Environmental Films Show

                         Patrick the Animatronic Sumatran Elephant Beau Townshend

Beau Townshend is a free-lance SFX artist from Norwich, Norfolk with a BA Hons in the degree of Special Effects for Film and TV; majoring in animatronics, from Southampton Solent University.
He has worked on such films as Christopher Reith’s “Chain” and Darren Wards “Beyond Fury” as well creating various animatronic installations for music festivals across the UK, such as “Boomtown Fair”, “Symmetry Festival” and “No man’s land festival” to name a few. Beau is currently running a crowdfunding campaign to build a life-size fully functioning (walking) Sumatran elephant he calls Patrick. Beau plans to take Patrick on walk’s through various cities such as Brighton, Bristol, Norwich, London, Southampton, Cambridge and many more, to raise awareness for the plight of the critically endangered Sumatran elephant, whose numbers are rapidly declining due to loss of habitat and poaching.
Beau built the head of Patrick for his final major project whilst at university in 2016, and now looks to build the rest of him with help from public donations. Patrick will be working closely with the Born Free Foundation next year. He will be running a workshop to show just how Patrick was created and to allow young people to take the controls.

Geoff Francis – Dissing the Planet

The Sun to Poison   Geoff Francis

In 1986 Geoff Francis set up and ran Animaline for Linda McCartney, Carla Lane and Rita Tushingham. When he resigned as a director four years later he resolved to commit his concerns and feelings about what we are doing to the planet and animals to canvas and paper.
Since that time he has published 10 books and has been shortlisted in Saatchishowdowns on five occasions. He has also had photographic work exhibited in the National Maritime Museum. This current collection has been drawn together specifically for the Anima Event. It is called ‘ Dissing the planet’. He takes an abstract expressionist eye to the theme using discarded materials (including paint) to create paintings and sculptures. Geoff is a co-founder of No More Dodos.

Elephant enthusiast Susie Laan

Elephant enthusiast, Susie Laan , will be launching the first two volumes of her children’s books Eleph Ant and Queen’s Birthday.

In addition there will be video programmes celebrating the work of wildlife filmmaker Eric Ashby and playwright and poet Heathcote Williams. Eric’s photographs and Heathcote’s books will be available to buy.
There will also be a number of elephant themed images by several artists.
All the art and a huge range of animal artefacts and books will be on sale at affordable prices.

Indiovlu Abasha              Carolyn De Waal

As well as the art exhibition there will be nearly 30 stalls, workshops, talks, films, and lots of good eats which won’t cost the earth.
If you are in any way interested in animals and the planet we live on, this should be the day for you.
Put it in your diary right away!

The Anima Event will benefit the environmental charity No More Dodos, which uniquely uses Art and Sport to inspire individual action to bring about change for the good of the planet.

Entrance to Anima is a very affordable suggested donation of £2.50 per person and £5 for a family.

For all press and other enquiries please call Geoff Francis on 07581221462
Photo reference available.

The Anima Event – Conservation, Art, Music & great vegan food!
Saturday 30 September
10 am – 5 pm
Brockenhurst Village Hall: Highwood Road, SO42 7RY Brockenhurst, Hampshire

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Created to inspire and inform. Discover how individual lifestyles affect our earth and the animals we share it with. See how we can take action in our own lives plus actively support organisations on the front line.

Conservation Charities, Retailers, Art, Music,Talks, Workshops and Very Good Food!

Main Auditorium: Over 30 stalls (organisations / retail / refreshments)

Exhibition Room:

  • Retrospective of world famous pioneering New Forest based wildlife film photographer Eric Ashby MBE
  • Patrick the animatronic Sumatran Elephant
  • Video and digital artworks by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Paul Windridge
  • Paintings/sculptures by Artist Geoff Francis
  • Wide collection of cards / prints celebrating and questioning our relationship to the natural world by recognised artists from many countries

All work for sale.

Stage Area: Films, talks and workshops

Craft room: Creative activities for children of all ages from 10 am – 4pm

Entrance: Suggested donation £2.50 individual, £5 family.

See below for the After show fundraiser party for No More Dodo’s 2018 Environmental Awards from 7.30pm – 10.30pm

Proceeds to No More Dodos Reg Charity 1161935
Tel 07581221462

Put the date in your diaries now and please spread the word

The organiser of the 1990 Isle of Wight festival is a collaborator on the first Anima event to be held at Brockenhurst Village Community Centre on Saturday 30th September 10 a.m.- 5 pm.
Geoff Francis,a trustee of the environmental charity No More Dodos, was one of the team who we responsible for the enormously successful Enormous Elephant Exhibition in Lyndhurst last October which raised £8,500 for orphan elephants and anti poaching initiatives in Kenya.

Four leading members of that team have created the Anima Event .The others are local artist and writer Susie Laan, Beaulieu based food expert Tony Bishop Weston and Isle of Wight based avant-garde film maker Paul Windridge.

Geoff says “ This will be a very varied and exciting day. If you are in any way interested animals and the planet we live on this is the day for you.”
He urges everyone to put it in their diary right away!
As well as nearly 30 stalls there will be workshops, talks, films,an art exhibition and lots of good eats which won’t cost the earth.

The importance of biodiversity is that the heart of the event and a number of locally-based organisations are heavily featured. Such Bumblebee Conservation, Orangutan Appeal and the Jane Goodall Institute . They are joined by other national and international organisations like Born free, The BadgerTrust, Population Matters, Sea Shepherd and Compassion in World Farming.
No More Dodos uniquely uses Art and Sport to inspire individual action to bring about change for the good of the planet.

Entrance to Anima is a suggested donation of £2.50 per person and £5 for a family.

For all press and other enquiries please call Geoff Francis on 07581221462
Photo reference available.

A celebration of the lives of 2 wildlife heroes at Brockenhurst Village Community Centre from 10 a.m.- 5 pm on Saturday 30th September.
Amongst the varied and exciting things which will be happening at the Anima Event is a celebration of the lives of two pioneers in their field who with very different skills have helped us all understand what is happening in the natural world.
Eric Ashby, the film-maker and Heathcote Williams the poet and playwright were both moved by an intense love of nature.
Eric Ashby (1918 – 2003) shared his love of the New Forest with the world through his wildlife films. He believed that wild animals should be filmed behaving naturally, and his high standards of still photography and film-making in the wild became his hallmark.
Eric worked on many wildlife programmes for the BBC natural history unit. He was an extraordinarily patient man, visiting a site on 90 occasions to record just one minute of film about a badger. He was the first to capture the behaviour of badgers in daylight and also developed soundproof camera boxes that allowed him to get close to deer without the animals taking fright.

In the early 1960s, his films brought delight and wonder to viewers of the BBC’s popular series Look, which was presented by Sir Peter Scott. So impressed was Scott by Eric’s remarkably intimate close-ups of wild forest animals that he dubbed him the Silent Watcher.

It took four years of work for him to shoot enough sequences for his first 45-minute film, The Unknown Forest, which was shown by the BBC in 1961. A unique portrait of real animal lives, it was warmly received by viewers, who were able to see how badgers, deer and foxes in the New Forest behaved.
Two years later he filmed The Major, the life story of a village oak tree and the first wildlife film to be shot in colour.
Other films followed, among them A Hare’s Life, A Forest Diary and The Private Life Of The Fox. He produced work for The Year of the Deer and At Home With Badgers. There was also a biographical piece, The Silent Watcher.
An ardent conservationist, he founded the first local Badger Group in 1969 and was outspoken in his views against hunting. His secluded home in Linwood became a haven for some 30 wild foxes from rescue centres. Visitors from around the world came to see how Eric and his wife Eileen cared for them. They raised a cub called Tiger and told his story in a book My Life With Foxes (2000).

Chris Packham says
“Eric and his wife Eileen were a great source of encouragement to me when I was younger and a little more fragile . A lovely man . And every time I campaign against the horror that is fox hunting I think of him and hope I do his memory justice .”

Eileen Ashby has made a huge archive of Eric’s work available to support No More Dodos.
They will be sold on a stall by Frankie James, a long term friend of Eric and Eileen who will be able to answer questions about this very special man.

Heathcote Williams, who died in July 2017, was rightly described as a genius in his Guardian obituary. Al Pacino, Harold Pinter, Mike Figgis, Derek Jarman, Ralph Steadman , Jeremy Hardy and literally hundreds of other leading figures amongst the arts world found inspiration in his work and can be counted amongst his admirers.
He wrote a considerable number of epic poems celebrating animals and the planet and questioning what we are doing to it. The most famous amongst these must be Whale Nation which sold over 100,000 copies and was credited with helping bring about the moratorium on commercial whaling. In typical fashion Heathcote donated all his royalties on the book to Greenpeace. We will be showing performances of a number of his poems on a screen in the art exhibition. This will include The Last Dodo, a poem he wrote inspired by the mission of No More Dodos for whom he was an arts ambassador.
Copies of Whale Nation and other books by Heathcote will be on sale.

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