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Kate Bradbury

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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.

Mike

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The awards just keep rolling in for The Apple Tree Farm Shop, with the latest accolade coming from local producer, Purely Pickled Eggs, in its We Love Pickled Egg Awards. Our customers can’t get enough of their tantalising flavours, from horseradish to sun dried tomato and thyme, and our head chef Zoey even uses the Posh Bites pickled quails’ eggs in The Apple Tree Restaurant. Pickling director, Sue Tyley, said it was our displays, promotional material and stock replenishing, which scooped us the top spot in the Farm Shops and Food Halls category.

If you’re yet to discover the perfect pickled egg, then we can highly recommend giving these a go!

 Mike

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Honey bee by Ken Dolbear MBE

Honey bee by Ken Dolbear MBE

On Thursday 30 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 Dr David Aplin, director at Botanical Values, who will talk about how plants don’t grow in isolation and are in fact reliant on other organisms, such as fungi, insects and other plants, to thrive.

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.

Mike

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Is your garden bursting with bee and butterfly-friendly flowers, do you have a small pond where toads, newts and frogs can frolic? If you think your garden is a welcoming and friendly place for wildlife then you can now enter it into the Wildlife Friendly Gardening awards organised by the Dorset Wildlife Trust and The Gardens Group. It doesn’t matter how big or small your garden is, and not even how tidy, what the judges are interested in is whether it attracts wildlife.

 

You can pick up entry forms and guidance notes from our garden centres, online www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/wildlifegardening, or contact Joy Wallis on 01305 264620, email jwallis@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk. The closing date for entries is Monday 19 May 2014 and the awards ceremony will be held at Castle Gardens in July.

 

Good luck!

 

Mike

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