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(L-R) The Coldharbour Hospital memorial stone before and after restoration. (Credit: Appleby & Childs.)

FOLD (Friends of Learning Disabled), which has been supporting and enhancing the lives of people with learning disabilities in North Dorset since 1955, recently commissioned a restoration of the Coldharbour Hospital memorial stone, which is situated in Sherborne Cemetery. The memorial stone is one of only a few references to the devastating hospital fire, which claimed 30 lives back in 1972, and had become weathered and illegible over time.

Coldharbour Hospital was a fundamental part of the FOLD’s heritage and its memory continues to shape the way it offers support today, so FOLD committee member Monica Atkinson arranged for Yeovil-based Appleby & Childs to carry out the repair.

The fire not only saw the end of this wonderful facility but claimed many lives too, so the FOLD’s members felt it important to restore the memorial stone to honour the victims and capture this moment in time, which affected so many people locally.

Mike

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The Green Shed, which is based at Castle Gardens, is holding three open days this summer, inviting the local community in to see how it provides hands-on, practical work for adults with learning difficulties and memory problems. Visitors will have a chance to see how The Green Shed’s clients, who attend with appropriate support, make wooden items for sale in the garden centre and tend to the centre’s raised beds.

Running from 1pm – 5pm the free open days will take place on Monday 11 June, Monday 9 July and Monday 6 August. Refreshments will be served and Barry Watts, coordinator of The Green Shed, will also be on hand to explain how members of the local community with learning difficulties or memory problems can join The Green Shed and take part in crafts, recycling initiatives and other hands-on activities.

Mike

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During the World Bee Day celebrations at Castle Gardens on Sunday 20 May, a swarm of honeybees flew into the garden centre. This caused quite a buzz among the many bee enthusiasts in attendance, who were thrilled by their timely arrival. Having become particularly taken with an upside-down pot, the honeybees were given a new home at Castle Gardens, which they quickly settled into. With four beekeepers in the team and two more currently learning, we are sure that these honeybees will feel at home at with us.

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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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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.

 

Mike

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There’s still time for teachers, parents and guardians to register for the next Flower Show Forum on Thursday 30 March at Castle Gardens. Come along and join your local gardening clubs and horticultural societies and find out about the free pot scheme for schools.

One of the central aims of the Flower Show Forum is to help gardening clubs and schools connect and work together. We really hope that the pot scheme will get new conversations started, which will then lead to new relationships being built and budding gardeners being inspired to get involved. By engaging with the next generation, we want to ensure that the traditional flower show remains a firm fixture of the summer calendar in villages and towns for many years to come.

Flower Show Forum, Thursday 30 March, 6:30pm.  Register by emailing thegoldclub@thegardensgroup.co.uk.

Mike

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As we gear up for the next Flower Show Forum at the end of March, I wanted to share an inspiring story about the success of Longburton Garden Club’s members, who revived their Flower and Produce Show after more than a decade, following the initial Flower Show Forum in 2016.

After deciding that they wanted to relaunch the village show, the members attended the Forum and found that it gave them the tools they needed to run a successful show. The community of knowledgeable individuals involved, including the Royal Horticultural Society’s Affiliated Societies, all willingly offered support and advice along the way, giving them confidence in relaunching the show after 10 years. The day was a huge success and the Longburton Flower and Produce Show will return on Saturday 19 August 2017.

The whole idea of the Flower Show Forum is to identify ways to inspire more people to take an interest in gardening and keep the traditional flower show alive, so I was delighted to discover that we helped Longburton Garden Club get its show back on track. One of the key findings at the Forum was the need to entice younger people and less experienced gardeners in with alternative categories, and this is exactly what Christine and her team did. By involving local art and craft groups, the organisers made the event inclusive and accessible for the whole community.

The next Flower Show Forum will be held at Castle Gardens in Sherborne, Dorset on Thursday 30 March from 6:30pm. This third forum, which is free to attend, will look to initiate a new relationship between schools and their local gardening clubs with the announcement of a new free pot scheme for local schools.

Mike

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