Dorset-based vineyard and winery Furleigh Estate has demonstrated its support of Jurassica – a project to build a world-class dinosaur attraction on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, by donating its award winning sparkling wine for an exclusive private dinner at Bournemouth University for the project.

The vision of Michael Hanlon, a London-based science journalist who grew up on the Dorset coast and studied earth sciences at university, Jurassica is a registered charity that will provide an educational and scientific resource of global significance and a focus for economic regeneration, in a currently deprived part of the south coast.

Supporters of the project include patron Sir David Attenborough, Bournemouth University, The Royal Society, Natural History Museum, Bristol University and The Eden Project. During the evening, a short film presented by David Attenborough and recorded by university students was screened and a scale model of Jurassica created by Renzo Piano, the architect behind The Shard in London, was revealed to guests. Tim Smit, founder of The Eden Project also spoke to guests about the impact Eden has made to Cornwall, and how Dorset may expect the same.

Of the partnership with Furleigh Estate, project coordinator, Alison Smith, said: “Jurassica is an ambitious project to create an attraction of national and international significance. Our ethos of local procurement will be a boost to the local economy, at this early stage we are already engaging with and consulting with local businesses.”

See added: “Furleigh Estate has supported Jurassica from the start.  We are delighted to have such a fantastic, award-winning business on board.  The company shares our vision and we look forward to continuing the journey with Rebecca Hansford and Ian Edwards as Jurassica moves into the next phase of development.

For more information about Jurassica visit www.jurassica.org and about Furleigh Estate visit www.furleighestate.co.uk, or email [email protected]  or phone 01308 488991.