But Dame Judi Dench looks happier than ever as she strolls arm in arm with conservationist David Mills. The British Wildlife Centre is a zoo in the hamlet of Newchapel near Lingfield village in the county of Surrey, South East England. The actress, 84, looked fantastic in a classic black dress as she linked arms with her conservationist partner David Mills, 76, at the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Ball in London on Friday. All rights reserved. The reason is that on weekdays in term time we specialise in school visits and other exclusive visits. Formerly a dairy farmer with an award-winning Venn herd of pedigree Jersey cows, David decided to convert his farm into a centre of “Conservation through Education” in 1994 and … Dench has been very open about her grief. Dame Judi sees partner David Mills honoured for conservation work. Has H&M just dropped the chicest Christmas dress already? We recently moved into the world of film too! On the rare occasions, I am away from the centre overnight, I might indulge in a full English! David’s inspirations for the Centre were his heroes, pioneering conservationists, Sir Peter Scott, Gerald Durrell and John Aspinall, who had started their own wildlife centres. Connect with friends faster than ever with the new Facebook app. And while Dench's new docu-series focuses mostly on her exploring and experiencing the Borneo rainforest, you'll also be able to get a glimpse of her adorable relationship with Mills and their absolute adoration of animals and nature. It’s essential.’. Before then, on the site of what is now the wildlife centre, for 30 years David was a dairy farmer with the award-winning Venn herd of pedigree Jersey cows which, in its day, was one of the leading Jersey herds in the country. Judi Dench's Wild Borneo Adventure airs tonight on ITV1 at 9 p.m., and concludes next Tuesday (July 9) at 9 p.m. 2020 Bustle Digital Group. In 1994 David ceased dairy farming and reluctantly sold his beloved herd to realise his second dream – to create his own zoo. David Mills (author) (born 1959), American atheist and author David Mills (bass) (born 1929), Canadian bass, poet, composer and actor David Mills (Canadian politician) (1831–1903), Canadian politician, author, poet and jurist David Mills (comedian), British-based American comedy actor and cabaret artist David Mills (cricketer) (1937–2013), former English cricketer If we have time, we walk out onto the reserve to check the grazing animals: three Highland steers, a retired polo pony and an ancient Shetland pony, all there to do a job in conservational grazing. Will help towards the cost of buying supplementary bird seed, sourced from local suppliers. It was very gradual and grown up. ‘One hot night during the summer, we swam and then had a glass of champagne in the garden and I said, “This is so fantastic.” But perhaps if I was a romantic I’d have been cool and calm about it. The British Wildlife Centre was founded in 1997 by David Mills. * Sign up to the EVOKE.ie survey panel to trial free products and win prizes for your opinions! When asked about a proposal, Judi said that David would never get down on one knee and said: ‘Let’s just pull ourselves together and be our age!’. Our philosophy can be summed up as ‘Conservation through Education’. £10 Before then, on the site of what is now the wildlife centre, for 30 years David was a dairy farmer with the award-winning Venn herd of pedigree Jersey cows which, in its day, was one of the leading Jersey herds in the country. Covers the cost of our Wildlife Monitoring Officers completing one afternoon monitoring the butterflies. You see, Judi Dench's boyfriend David Mills is a conservationist, and also features in the documentary. We are very grateful to our funders for enabling us to continue our vital work. Covers the cost of welcoming a class of children onto a farm for a half day session.