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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We were delighted to receive pictures from community support charity, The Hub this week, with an update on how the Hub trainees are getting on with their entry into this year’s Yeovil in Bloom.

As part of our 25th anniversary at Brimsmore Gardens, The Hub, which helps train vulnerable adults with learning difficulties to achieve paid employment, received £100 worth of gardening vouchers to help them create their Recycled Garden.

We look forward to seeing how the garden, which has a variety of edible and sensory plants for use at Courtyard Café, flourishes over the coming weeks and wish them all the best for Yeovil in Bloom.



As well as gearing up for their 100ft abseil down the side of Yeovil Hospital, the team at Brimsmore Gardens are also holding a silent bid to raise money for improvements to the Yeovil Hospital Cancer Ward. Customers can either place their bids for this three-tier plant container at the tills of Brimsmore Gardens or can call  01935 411000. The highest bidder will be notified after the abseil on Sunday 21 May.




Last week the Western Gazette announced its 2017 Business Awards finalists and we’re delighted to have been shortlisted in two categories. Our very own Declan Tredrea from Castle Gardens could follow in Brian King’s footsteps and pick up Employee of the Year, while the whole Castle Gardens team is in the running for the Community Champion trophy.


This is yet another proud moment for the team as we celebrate our 30th year, and we hope to have more good news after Thursday 15 June.



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As part of Brimsmore Gardens’ 25th anniversary celebrations, we ran a competition for schools and local community groups, inviting them to get in touch and apply for a gardening kit or to have a commemorative Silver Birch tree planted. Over the past couple of months, the selected schools and groups have been collecting their kits, while Karen and the team have been travelling around the local area planting the trees to mark our big birthday.

It’s been such a pleasure to hear about so many people doing inspiring things to get children outside and interacting with wildlife and growing. This is something which we are always looking to encourage, so we are delighted to be able to support this new wave of young gardeners.

We look forward to seeing how their efforts unfold!



On Sunday 21 May Alexa, Karen, Rachel, Lizzie, Brian, Ryan, Kate, Roy, Nicky, Samuel and Helen will embark on a 100ft abseil down the side of Yeovil Hospital. Their brave efforts are for a great cause, and one very close to all their hearts as they raise money for improvements at Yeovil Hospital’s Cancer Ward.

This is a completely new and terrifying experience for the team, so please do all you can to show your support, whether it’s donating through their Just Giving page or cheering them on as they descend down the hospital.

Good luck to you all, we’re all behind you!


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