Launch of Wildlife Friendly Gardening Awards
Friday 8th July 2016
Bats swoop in to steal the show at Wildlife Friendly Garden awards ceremony!
On Thursday 21 July, Castle Gardens in Sherborne will host the seventh Wildlife Friendly Garden Competition awards ceremony, organised by Dorset Wildlife Trust and sponsored by The Gardens Group. Before this year’s winners are announced, British bat expert, Nick Tomlinson, conservation officer at Somerset Wildlife Trust, will give an interactive talk about the myth, mystery and magic of bats and the important role they play in the garden. Taking a closer look at their behaviour, habitat and role in biodiversity, Nick will give an insight into how these elusive creatures live and how gardeners can give them a warm welcome to help protect them.
Get your tickets...
Doors open at 6:30pm and tickets are £5 each for non-competition entrants, which includes drinks and canapés in The Walled Garden Restaurant. Tickets are available from The Gardens Group or can be reserved through DWT’s Briony Baxter on 01305 264620.
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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 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.
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