Dorset's wildlife friendly gardens celebrated
Tuesday 4th August 2015
(Above, wildlife friendly gardeners gathered at Castle Gardens in Sherborne)
After months of judging, Dorset’s most wildlife friendly gardens were announced at Sherborne-based Castle Gardens on Thursday 30 July.
The 6th annual Dorset Wildlife Trust Wildlife Friendly Garden Competition, which is sponsored by The Gardens Group, saw 41 entries this year, including schools, museums and individuals from right across the county.
The Judges, which included Dorset Wildlife Trust president, Tony Bates MBE, community conservation officer, Briony Baxter, and Mike Burks, managing director of The Gardens Group, have been visiting gardens around the county since May. This year extra marks were given to gardeners who provide a particularly inviting haven for pollinating insects.
"People's gardens have never been more important"
Before the awards were announced, Dr David Aplin, director of Botanical Values, gave a fascinating talk about the weird and wonderful world of plants that partner with other organisms, including bacteria and fungi. David commented, “In times of increased urbanisation people’s gardens have never been more important, so the Dorset Wildlife Trust Wildlife Friendly Garden Competition can play a vital role in helping raise awareness of the wildlife on our doorsteps. Pockets of wildlife can provide vital habitats for many organisms and this can significantly increase human health and well-being.”
Wildlife Friendly Garden Awards 2015
|Third||Marion and Jim Perriss||Maiden Newton|
|Highly Commended||Alex Simpson||Thornford|
|Carole Parsons||Fontmell Magna|
|Highly Commended||Jo and David Hargill||Stour Provost|
|Winner||Holy Trinity School||Weymouth|
|Second||St Nicholas Primary School||Henstridge|
|Third||St Nicholas and St Lawrence Broadway||Weymouth|
|Highly Commended||Wyke Primary School||Gillingham|
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Notes to Editor
Organised by Dorset Wildlife Trust, the Wildlife Friendly Garden competition is an annual scheme sponsored by The Gardens Group, championing gardeners in Dorset who create wildlife havens in their gardens, no matter how big or small their space.
Gardeners of all ages are welcome to enter their garden into the competition as long as it is in Dorset. There is even a category for schools, communities and businesses to enter if they have a space where bumblebees, birds and butterflies can thrive.
After months of judging, the top gardens are announced at an awards ceremony, which is held at Castle Gardens in Sherborne. With past guest speakers including the founder of Butterfly World, Clive Farrell, Gardener’s World presenter, Toby Buckland and more recently, botanist, author and lecturer, Bob Gibbons, green-fingered folk enjoy an evening of Q&A with the professionals, as well as sharing advice and tips with fellow gardeners.
Following the awards ceremony everyone goes home with a certificate, feedback form and gift voucher for The Gardens Group garden centres located in Sherborne, Yeovil and Poundbury, Dorchester. Winners receive Dorset Wildlife Trust membership for a year, a wooden plaque and a gardening kit.