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On Thursday 21 July, Dorset’s most wildlife friendly gardens were honoured at Castle Gardens. Dorset Wildlife Trust’s annual Wildlife Friendly Garden Competition, which is sponsored by The Gardens Group, saw 43 entries this year, from schools, visitor centres and tourist attractions around the county. A new category was added in 2016 for rented accommodation, to promote the idea that everyone can provide a more welcoming habitat for wildlife, without necessarily making structural changes to the garden.

Mike

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We enjoy nothing more than supporting young growers, especially when they come up with innovative and eco-friendly ideas for planting seeds. Poundbury Gardens is very excited to announce that that it will be selling Garden Grenades, which have been developed by pupils at Damers First School in the Eco Force Club and Entrepreneur Club.

After researching what people enjoy growing, the Garden Grenade pioneers set about designing their own eco-friendly packaging to put the wildflower seed bombs in, using the school’s recycled paper. They even came up with their own fantastic slogan, ‘Just plant and watch them bloom’.

The Garden Grenades are £2 per packet and all the money made will be going back into buying solar power iPad chargers for the classroom, as well as items for the school garden. You will also find the children running a stall at the Dorset Food and Arts Festival on Saturday 6 August.

To top it all off, the Eco Force Club at Damers First School has been announced as the Best Group in the National Virgin Fiver Competition, coming out on top among 736 other Primary Schools.

Mike

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Our kitchen and front of house team at The Engine Room Restaurant deserve a huge pat on the back for their continued hard work, which has led to us being awarded Silver in the Taste of the West Hospitality and Retail Awards 2016. Up against stiff competition from around the region in the Restaurant category, the judges described The Engine Room as a “well patronised restaurant” and commended us for our “friendly and welcoming staff and delightful desserts.”

This is a fantastic result for the whole team and has given us all a real boost!

Mike

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Horizon Art Exhibition

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Daubenton's Bat - Upton Country Park - June 2010

Picture credit: Nick Tomlinson

Tickets are now on sale for Dorset Wildlife Trust’s seventh Wildlife Friendly Garden Competition awards ceremony, which will be held on Thursday 21 July at Castle Gardens. Before this year’s winners are announced, British bat expert, Nick Tomlinson, conservation officer at Somerset Wildlife Trust, will give an interactive talk about the myth, mystery and magic of bats and their important role in the garden. With a look at their behaviour, habitat and role in biodiversity, Nick will give an insight into how these elusive creatures live and how gardeners can give them a warm welcome to help protect them.

Doors open at 6:30pm and tickets are £5 each for non-competition entrants, which includes drinks and canapés in The Walled Garden Restaurant.

Mike

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