|Dorset’s wildlife has received a boost from a year of fundraising by Stewarts Gardenlands and its customers. The Christchurch store shared its 50th birthday year with Dorset Wildlife Trust in 2011 and commemorated this milestone in the histories of both organizations by making DWT one of its two ‘Charities of the Year’.
Now over £600 has been presented to the conservation charity from a year of fundraising, including a donation for every sale on a range of wildlife friendly plants. These included seasonal nectar and pollen plants, herbs, butterfly loving flowers and trees/shrubs featuring berries for birds and other animals. In addition a percentage of the sale of wildflower meadow seeds at the New Forest Show and 25% of proceeds of sale of Pumpkin Evening tickets and Christmas Preview tickets were donated to the charity. The total was boosted to £627.19 by kind donations from customers and staff to the DWT collection tins on the tills and in Coffee Shops at both Gardenlands and The Country Garden Centre at Broomhill.
Christine Quilter, Corporate Fundraising Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “We are delighted that our shared birthday has been the cause of so much generosity from customers and staff at Stewarts Gardenlands. This is a great boost to our 50th Anniversary Fund, which is vital to secure protection of wildlife into the next 50 years.”
Dorset Naturalists’ Trust was founded in March 1961, with just 306 members. Since then Dorset Wildlife Trust (re-named in 1994) has grown to become the largest nature conservation body in the county with 25,000 members and 42 reserves, representing over 1300 hectares of the most important wildlife havens. DWT relies on the generosity of members and supporters to fund its work as the only charity working to protect all of the county’s wildlife.
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GardenLands, Lyndhurst Road, Somerford, Christchurch,
Dorset BH23 4SA 01425 272244
The Country Garden Centre, God’s Blessing Lane, Broomhill, Nr Holt, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 7DF 01202 882462
Left to right: Julie Brake, Garden Centre Manager/Outdoor Plants Manager, GardenLands
Marion Maber, Outdoor Plants Assistant
Emily Turner (at back) Work Experience, Outdoor Plants
Linda Banfield, Assistant Catering Manager
Christine Parsons, Outdoor Plants Assistant
Christine Quilter, Corporate Fundraising Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust
Susie Stewart, Christmas Manager, GardenLands
Abel Morales, Outdoor Plants Assistant
Derek Burden, Finance Director
Mathew Fay, Garden Shop Supervisor
Photo by Stewarts