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St Nicholas CofE School moth count

Surveying moths is a really rewarding hobby and is vital for monitoring biodiversity in our countryside and gardens, so earlier this month, pupils from St Nicholas Church of England Primary School in Henstridge kindly allowed Stephen to lay a moth trap in their learning garden overnight. The following morning, they were all amazed to discover that the trap had attracted 39 Macro moth species, including the Elephant Hawk Moth, Flame Shoulder and Willow Beauty, and 16 Micro species, including Udea prunails, Hysopygia glaucinalis and Anania lemnata (small magpie), giving the children an opportunity to learn about the various species around and also demonstrating to Stephen which species are present in the region.

Stephen is always looking for new sites to carry out moth surveys, so if you’d like to know how many moths visit your garden at night then please do get in touch by calling 01935 814633.

Mike

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On Thursday 20 July, Cookbook author, writer and lover of all things West Country, Christine McFadden hosted a fascinating talk to raise money for Yeovil Community Arts Association. The morning was filled with inspiration, as Christine revealed her latest food enthusiams, must-try recipes and passion for Dorset.

Following Christine’s talk, Farm Shop manager, Kate Soan, hosted a Cheese Discovery, where guests were treated to a tasting session of local award-winning cheeses. If you were unable to attend then fear not, as Kate will be hosting another Cheese Discovery session on Wednesday 20 September.

Thank you to all that attended and donated to Yeovil Community Arts Association. For more information about events at The Gardens Group, please visit www.thegardeneronline.co.uk/events.

Mike

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Last Wednesday, we celebrated Dorset’s most wildlife friendly gardens at the annual Wildlife Friendly Gardening Awards Ceremony at Castle Gardens, and we’re delighted to say that it was a record breaking year all round. The awards, which are organised by Dorset Wildlife Trust, saw 75 gardens entered – the most to date, the youngest ever entrant picked up an award and 165 people attended the ceremony in The Butterfly House.

Kicking off the evening with a fascinating ‘warts and all’ talk was Kate Bradbury, who took us through her journey to creating a bustling habit for birds, bees and bugs in her Brighton garden. It was an inspiring and engaging talk which left the audience buzzing about gardening with wildlife in mind.

This is an exciting time to be creating wildlife friendly habitats and this year’s competition is a sign of changing attitudes towards gardening and giving us wildlife friendly gardeners a sense that we no longer need to hide in the dark… Each year the bar is raised even higher and I’m already looking forward to seeing what creations the gardeners of Dorset create next year – well done to everyone and keep up the wildlife friendly gardening!

Mike

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Picture caption: Alexandra designed a lovely picture of ‘Billy the Monkey’ while Heidi designed the beautiful drawing of the flowers.

One of our aims at The Gardens Group is to encourage children to get involved with gardening and growing activities, so as part of National Children’s Gardening Week, we held a free day of gardening fun. This green-fingered fun included a competition where the children had the opportunity to enter their best garden drawings for a chance to have it printed on a limited-edition gift card. After some tricky judging the winners of the competition, Alexandra Allford, 12 and Heidi Williams, 5, joined us last week to see their creations on sale in Castle Gardens, while enjoying some tea and cake in The Walled Garden.

In addition to their wonderful creations, we have some other limited-edition collectable gift cards, which showcase photographs taken by members of The Gardens Group team.

It was a lovely afternoon and we’ve got plenty more like it to come over the summer, so check our events page for more information.

Mike

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Cookbook author, writer and lover of all things West Country, Christine McFadden will host a talk at Brimsmore Gardens on Thursday 20 July from 10am – 12pm to raise money for Yeovil Community Arts Association. You can expect an inspiring morning from Christine, who has written over fifteen cookbooks and has 25 years’ experience in the industry as she reveals her latest food enthusiams, must-try recipes and passion for Dorset.

Following Christine’s talk, Farm Shop manager, Kate Soan will treat visitors to a Cheese Discovery, where guests will be treated to a tasting session of the area’s award-winning cheeses, which are available in The Apple Tree Farm Shop and Restaurant.

Tickets are £5 and include the talk with Christine McFadden and Cheese Discovery, as well as a special lunch offer in The Apple Tree Restaurant. Advanced booking is essential and tickets can be purchased from The Apple Tree Restaurant and Brimsmore Gardens.

We hope to see you there!

Mike

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With judging now complete, the Wildlife Friendly Gardening Awards Ceremony is nearly upon us, and we get to celebrate Dorset’s most wildlife friendly gardens once again. This year we have seen a record number of entries from wildlife friendly gardeners, who have all created little havens for birds, bugs and mammals right across the county.

Taking place on Wednesday 19 July from 6:30pm, the Awards Ceremony will not only be a celebration of gardeners doing their bit to invite wildlife into the garden, but we are also lucky to be joined by Kate Bradbury, who will give a fascinating talk on what the natural world has to offer.  There will be plenty of gardening goings on throughout the evening, with a chance to win some great prizes in a charity raffle.

There will be light refreshments in The Walled Garden from 6:30pm before the awards are announced from 7pm. Tickets are £5 each and are available from Briony Baxter on 01305 264620 or at BBaxter@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.

Mike

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