One Man and his Dog star Robin Page dies

Robin Page - Heathcliff O'Malley
Robin Page - Heathcliff O'Malley

Former Telegraph columnist Robin Page, who also presented the BBC show One Man and His Dog, has died of cancer at the age of 80.

Mr Page, who was a friend of King Charles, died at his home in Cambridgeshire on Saturday morning alongside his wife Lulu, according to the MailOnline.

Mr Page co-founded the Countryside Restoration Trust in 1993, which works to support sustainable farming and heritage conservation.

A spokesman for the charity on Tuesday spoke of their “great sadness” of learning of his death.

In the 1990s he took over as the presenter of the sheepdog trial series One Man and His Dog.

He also wrote the Country Diary column for the Daily Telegraph, alongside 33 other books.

‘Generous and big hearted’

He was known for controversial views, including calling for birds of prey to have their blanket protection removed.

The MailOnline reported Mr Page was surrounded by his wife Lulu, three step-children and five step-grandchildren, during his passing from an 18-month battle with prostate cancer.

Lulu told the news website: “He was a good, honest country-loving man who was hugely loved by his family. We will all miss him.”

His friend Marcus Stead, a freelance journalist, added: “His legacy to the British countryside and its way of life is enormous. He was incredibly politically incorrect and anti-woke but at the same time he was generous, big hearted and had a fantastic spirit.

“His knowledge on countryside issues was immense and he always spoke with authority about it which is why senior royals and politicians listened to what he had to say. He was one of those people who made life in this country wonderful, and he always marched to his own beat.”

Mr Page was born and raised in Barton, Cambridgeshire.