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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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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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(L-R) Clive Wakely from AJ Wakely and Sons Ltd, Louise Burks, director of The Gardens Group and Mike Burks, managing director of The Gardens Group

Working with the local community is part of daily life at The Gardens Group, and something that everyone who works here embraces, so it was a real honour to receive an Outstanding Contribution Award at the Western Gazette Business Awards on Thursday evening!

 

Louise and I had no idea that we were up for this award, but we are of course delighted to receive it, especially in the year that Brimsmore celebrates its 25th anniversary and Castle Gardens celebrates its 30th. The Gardens Group was recognised for its long standing and considerable contribution to the Dorset and Somerset business community over the past 30 years, and we were selected by the judges for our “willingness to give time for the cause of the business and others in the community.”

 

Awards are always a real boost and a good opportunity to remind us about the importance of local businesses supporting each other to ensure that communities thrive. Working in partnership with all types of community groups helps us to forge stronger, healthier ties, and we believe that this ultimately benefits of everyone.

 

Mike

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This morning we were given the wonderful news that Plankbridge received a four-star award for its wildlife friendly tradestand exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The beautiful Victorian-inspired shepherd’s hut, which was lovingly built in Piddlehinton, is surrounded with some of the season’s best pollinator-friendly plants, including Foxgloves, Bugloss and Primula beesiana, which Nicky and the team have been carefully nurturing in the polytunnels at Castle Gardens.

Wildlife friendly gardening is something that we love to champion and encourage gardeners of all ages to embrace, so we jumped at the chance to help Plankbridge create this wildlife friendly space alongside the Dorset Wildlife Trust Forest School, who built two bug hotels for the exhibit. We wish Richard and Jane all the best for the rest of the week and hope that their efforts will inspire visitors to think about wildlife when they are planning their gardens.

The Plankbridge Wildlife Watch shepherd’s hut will be on display at Tradestand AR586 from Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 May 2017.

Mike

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Here’s a gallery from our wonderful fornight of celebrations at Brimsmore Gardens. Thank you to everyone who came and helped us celebrate over the two weeks.

Mike

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While Brimsmore Gardens has been celebrating its 25th anniversary this week, there has been even more good news for all three of our restaurants. The Walled Garden, The Apple Tree and The Engine Room have each received confirmation that they’ve passed the Food Standards Agency Food Hygiene Rating with flying colours, receiving a rating of 5 out of 5 across the board. With only 60% of food businesses achieving the highest score, something we aim for a minimum benchmark, we thought this was worth celebrating!

From the chefs to front of house, the entire team work really hard to give our customers the best possible experience, so we are delighted that this dedication is reflected in our scores.

Mike

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