One Man And His Dog presenter Robin Page dies aged 80

Robin Page has died at the age of 80.

The former star of One Man And His Dog died at his home in Cambridgeshire last weekend after battling cancer.

Robin, who was friends with King Charles III, was an outspoken voice on rural issues, and fronted the BBC show from 1994 to 2000.

The passionate conservationist was also a best-selling author, newspaper columnist and political campaigner.

In a tribute, Robin’s friend Marcus Stead, who is a freelance journalist, told MailOnline: “He was a great British eccentric, a lovely man to speak to and a man of great principle and integrity.

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“That’s how I shall remember him.”

Robin co-founded the Countryside Restoration Trust, which safeguards £33 million worth of farmland over 18 sites.

King Charles has always supported Robin, after the pair met for private talks at Clarence House in 2016.

Following their meeting, Robin praised the King, who also values the importance of the countryside and the environment, as a “good, green man”.

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The BBC star founded the CRT with artist Gordon Beningfield and conservationist Sir Laurens van der Post – who was also Charles’s mentor and Prince William’s godfather – in 1993.

The trio set up the organisation due to their concerns about intensive and industrialised farming.

Robin’s friend Mr Stead also described him as the “antithesis to the modern day BBC”.

He added to MailOnline: “My thoughts of Robin is that he was a man of great integrity. He was an antithesis to the modern day BBC.

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“He certainly wasn’t part of the woke brigade. He had some very unfashionable views on man-made climate change, which he didn’t believe in, and also wasn’t a fan of what I would call trendy farming.

“His views on rural affairs were evidence based and came from a lifetime of experience.

“He was also a fine Brexiteer. That was one of the main things that he and I had in common.”

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