The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s London Clay Day at the picturesque Holland & Holland Shooting Grounds recently helped raise £5,740 towards the organisations’ vital work.
Participants gathered on the sunny terrace to enjoy a refreshing start with teas and coffees, accompanied by a welcoming speech from Dylan Williams, the Master of Ceremonies. Teams then embarked on eight challenging stands that included the use of a black powder gun and a very special Holland & Holland gun. Eley Hawk generously donated the cartridges for the day.
After a thrilling afternoon of shooting, the guests reconvened on the terrace, sipping champagne as they prepared for a delicious supper. The menu featured dishes including rabbit terrine, filet of venison and lemon posset. The game meat was kindly provided by Willo Game.
The fundraising activities added an element of anticipation and excitement. A tense ‘heads & tail’s round preceded a captivating auction, which showcased incredible lots such as the Holland & Holland Experience, a shooting lesson with GWCT’s charity ambassador and Olympian Matt Coward-Holley, and a Land Rover Driving Experience combined with a stay at the Luton Hoo Hotel, generously donated by Inchcape.
Through research and translating the results into practical policies, practices, and public awareness, the GWCT actively addresses the biodiversity crisis. By offering guidance to those who farm and manage 72 per cent of the countryside, it has proven solutions that enhance wildlife populations.