Dorset's gardens celebrated at awards ceremony
Tuesday 9th August 2016
On Thursday 21 July, Dorset’s most wildlife friendly gardens were honoured at Castle Gardens in Sherborne with the Wildlife Friendly Gardening awards annual event.
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s annual Wildlife Friendly Garden Competition, which is sponsored by The Gardens Group, saw 43 entries this year, from schools, visitor centres and tourist attractions around the county. A new category was added in 2016 for rented accommodation, to promote the idea that everyone can provide a more welcoming habitat for wildlife, without necessarily making structural changes to the garden.
British bat expert, Nick Tomlinson talked about the importance of bats
Before the awards were announced, British bat expert, Nick Tomlinson, conservation officer at Somerset Wildlife Trust, gave a fascinating talk about the importance of bats and their role in garden biodiversity. With Dorset home to 16 species, it is the most diverse county in the UK for bats, so Nick provided some useful advice and tips on how to give bats the best welcome and look after them in the garden.
"Each year the bar is raised and the entrants get more creative"
Mike Burks, managing director of The Gardens Group, explains; “Each year the bar is raised and the entrants into the competition get more creative and sophisticated in their efforts to provide vital corridors for our wildlife. It is an absolute pleasure for me to visit these gardens during the judging process and see what a difference these wonderful havens are making to the county’s wildlife.”
First place: Hugh Miles from Corfe Mullen
Second place: Gillian and Allan Reese from Dorchester
Third place: Bridget Bowen from Piddletrenthide
First place: Bernard Sullivan from Bourton
Second place: Jackie and John Lloyd from Preston
Third place: Barry Shepherd from Wool
First place: Lyn Parson from Bournemouth
Second place: Carole Irving from Maiden Newton
Third place: Richard and Linda Hart from Gillingham
Gardens in rented accommodation:
First place: Sarah Jane Buckle from Poole
Second place: Lenka Provasnikova from Bournemouth
Third place: Penny Smith from Harmon’s Cross
First place: Smiley Faces Preschool in Southwell, Portland
Second place: Michael House in Grosvenor Gardens, Boscombe
Third place: Hengistbury Head Volunteers, Barn Cottage, Broadway
Find out more about Dorset Wildlife Trust's Wildlife Friendly Garden scheme and apply for a plaque to display in your garden.
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