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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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Jams are setting, chutneys are mellowing to perfection and bread making skills are being honed, as contenders prepare for the Yeovil Community Arts Association Baking and Making competition. Everyone is welcome to put their creations forward, so it’s not too late to enter and have yours  judged by celebrity chef, Lesley Waters, on Tuesday 14 March.

There’s only one week to go until entry closes for this exciting culinary contest, so if you haven’t got your entries in yet, download the entry form here.

Good luck!

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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One of the aims of the award-winning Flower Show Forum is to approach local schools and invite them to get involved with their local garden clubs and for the clubs to help with school gardening projects. This exciting new pot scheme initiative, which will be launched at the upcoming Flower Show Forum at Castle Gardens on Thursday 30 March, will look to initiate a new relationship between schools and their local gardening clubs.

Join us in The Butterfly House from 6:30pm and find out more and discover innovative ways to grow for your local flower show.

Mike

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