Archive for the ‘wildlife friendly’ Category

Ken Dolbear

Picture credit: Ken Dolbear, MBE

Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife Friendly Gardening Competition is once again open for entries, and this year a brand-new award for innovation is being introduced. The idea behind this new category is to encourage more people to think about alternative ways to help wildlife, even if they have limited outdoor space or aren’t gardening experts. Along with pollinating plants, habitats and corridors, judges will have an eye out for recycled and upcycled materials being used to help create wildlife havens, while reducing waste.

Wildlife friendly gardeners can enter for free online at www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk. Entry closes on Friday 25 May and an awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 26 July at Castle Gardens.


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Kate Bradbury

Photo credit: Gardeners’ World/Paul Debois 

It’s almost that time of year again, on Wednesday 19 July Dorset’s most wildlife friendly gardens will be celebrated at the Dorset Wildlife Trust Wildlife Friendly Garden Competition Awards Ceremony, being held at Castle Gardens from 6:30pm. As well as championing the best gardens in each category throughout the county, we are very lucky to have guest speaker Kate Bradbury, RHS qualified gardener, author and journalist. Kate will give a captivating talk on making the most out of what the natural world has to offer, as well as a revealing the do’s and don’ts of organic gardening, the best natural methods for pest control and advice on wildlife friendly planting.

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 at all of our garden centres and from Briony Baxter on 01305 264620 or at BBaxter@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.


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