Archive for February, 2015

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Wildlife loving gardeners are now invited to enter the fifth annual Dorset Wildlife Trust Wildlife Friendly Garden Competition. If you’ve created a wildlife haven in your garden, then why not enter this year’s competition and share your success with us? Marks are given for wildlife provisions, no matter what size the garden of the garden, there are five categories, including small/patio, medium, large and community, as well as a best improved entry for previous winners. You can pick up an entry form from any one of our garden centres or by emailing Joy Wallis at jwallis@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.

Following the government’s publication of the National Pollinator Strategy this year, judges will be keeping their eyes out for people who are making special provisions for pollinating insects, such as lots of nectar and pollen-rich plants, bee houses and other special habitats, and not to mention keeping records of the pollinators that they see.

All entrants will get feedback and suggestions on how to improve the wildlife friendliness of their gardens and will be invited to the awards ceremony at Castle Gardens on Thursday 30 July. This year we are pleased to announce that our guest speaker will be Dr David Aplin, director of Botanical Values, who will be talking about the weird and wonderful world of plants that partner with other organisms.

The closing date for entering the Wildlife Friendly Garden Competition is Friday 22 May 2015.

Good luck!


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As our January blues-busting knitting and craft workshops were so popular, we’ve decided to roll them out for the rest of the year in one weekly craft and knitting session every Thursday morning at The Apple Tree Restaurant from 10:30am – 12:30pm. This free weekly session is open to seasoned makers and beginners alike and our arts and crafts expert, Jess Mitchell, will be on hand to assist with existing projects as well as offering new creative ideas to take away.

For more information about joining the craft and knitting sessions at The Apple Tree Restaurant, email Jess Mitchell at jess@thegardensgroup.co.uk.


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Owl Day at Brimsmore Gardens

Back by popular demand, Sharandys Birds of Prey will return with some familiar faces this half-term. Barney, the European Eagle Owl, Bracken, the Tawny and Breeze the Barn Owl will be touring each of our centres and gardeners of all ages will have the chance to get up close and personal with the these magnificent birds of prey.

Owls are fascinating and due to them being mainly nocturnal we don’t always have the chance to see them in the wild, so this free family event is a great chance to find out more about what they eat, how they hunt and their significance to our countryside.

Owl Day dates at The Gardens Group from 10am – 4pm

Monday 16 February at Brimsmore Gardens, Yeovil

Tuesday 17 February at Poundbury Gardens, Dorchester

Wednesday 18 February at Castle Gardens, Sherborne


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