Archive for April, 2013

Hedgehogs are starting to appear as they come out of hibernation, and if we are lucky, they will be venturing into our gardens. We need to do all that we can to welcome these bristly visitors, as they love to eat pests, such as, slugs and snails who eat our prized plants and shrubs. Unfortunately the population of these prickly little creatures is continuing to decline year on year. Nobody really knows the reason for this dwindling population, but there are many things that we can do as gardeners to keep them safe and thriving.

It is always tempting to make your garden as tidy as possible and make sure that fences are well sealed. However hedgehogs do like to rummage around in fallen leaves and they especially like nesting in log piles, as the damp conditions attract insects such as beetles, which make up a large part of a hedgehog’s diet. When it comes to slugs and snails we need to be careful when laying down poisonous pellets and try and put them in places that are inaccessible to hedgehogs.

If you would like to learn more about hedgehogs, and what can be done to look after them, we will be holding a Hedgehog Day on 15 June at Castle Gardens. Gardeners of all ages are welcome to come and take part in a hedgehog hunt, get up close and personal with live hedgehogs from Secret World Wildlife Rescue and enjoy topical displays from Dorset Wildlife Trust and The Gardens Group on protecting our prickly little friends.





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Neonicotinoid pesticides have been filling the headlines once more. The health of the local bee population is a serious concern for us – and not just because we need them to pollinate our fruit trees!

We thought you might like to know that earlier this year we included a paragraph about this particular group of chemicals in our pesticide policy. We have also removed from sale all of the products that contain the three neonicotinoids thought to be most likely to cause harm.

Don’t worry about those missing products – we have had some extensive staff training so each and every one of us can walk you through the alternative solutions! As part of the extra help to navigate your way between ‘friendly’ and ‘unfriendly’ products look out for our new traffic light system which will be springing into action over the next couple of weeks.

If you have any questions then please do feel free to pop into one of the centres or give us a call


Pesticide Policy

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Warwick Estate, Stellenbosch
Wine Tasting & Supper

Join us for a fabulous tasting and supper with James Dare, UK Ambassador for the historic Warwick Estate in the Stellenbosch. James spent a decade at Warwick and knows everything there is to know about the wines from this Superb Estate. James will lead us through the range of classic wines and explain more about the dedicated team that make them. We will also be treated to a 3 course supper alongside the wines courtesy of Paul and his team in The Engine Room kitchen.
This informal evening promises to be great fun and will give an insightful and relaxed look in to the wines from this boutique South African winery.

Date: Thursday 11th April
Venue: The Engine Room, Poundbury
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £30.00 per head to include 3 course meal and all tasting wines.
To Book: Please book directly with The Engine Room. (01305) 257251

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