The very best of wildlife gardening advice will be on offer from TV gardener Toby Buckland and wildlife experts in Sherborne this July.The Wildlife Gardening evening, hosted by The Gardens Group and Dorset and Somerset Wildlife Trusts, will be a chance for wildlife gardeners to hear from the experts and from the best local wildlife gardeners.
recognise the increasingly important contribution gardeners are making to the conservation of wildlife
West Country gardener, TV presenter and author Toby Buckland is well known from BBC’s Gardeners’ World. Toby is a lifelong gardener with a passion for the outdoors and is keen to inspire gardeners, from beginners to the experts. During the evening, Toby will also present awards to the winners of the Wildlife Friendly Garden Competition 2012. Now in its third year in Dorset, the competition, sponsored by The Gardens Group, aims to recognise the increasingly important contribution gardeners are making to the conservation of wildlife, even in the smallest spaces. It has been so successful that it was launched for the first time in south Somerset this year.
Joy Wallis, Community Conservation Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust, has been a driving force in encouraging gardeners to make space for wildlife, the competition being just one of the initiatives that have seen mini-wildlife havens created across the county. Nearly 50 gardens in Dorset entered this year’s competition, including eight schools. Winners will be announced at the event and all entrants will receive a Wildlife Friendly Garden plaque. Joy said: “Gardens are increasingly recognised as extremely important havens for wildlife and this competition aims to reward and give recognition to all those gardeners who make every effort to include wildlife in the planning and care of their gardens.”
Mike Burks, MD of The Gardens Group, comments: “We have worked with the Wildlife Trust over many years and it is a real pleasure to help support the awards for the third year running. We’ve had a positive response from Somerset gardeners and look forward to judging and shortlisting the gardens over the next few weeks. We hope that everyone who entered, or is interested in wildlife, will be able to join us on the 19th July to celebrate, hear from Toby Buckland and hopefully raise lots of money for charity.”
The Wildlife Friendly Gardening evening is on Thursday 19th July at 6.30pm in The Walled Garden and Butterfly House at Castle Gardens, Sherborne DT9 5NR. Tickets are available on the door or in advance from Joy Wallis on 01305 264620 and cost £6 or £10 for two, with all proceeds going to charity. For more information about wildlife gardening click here
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About Dorset Wildlife Trust www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
Somerset Wildlife Trust
Somerset Wildlife Trust is the county’s leading environmental voluntary body, with around 21,000 members.
The charity owns and/or manages 75 nature reserves all over the county. Money raised is spent to restore, recreate and reconnect our damaged countryside by creating living landscapes for wildlife and people. We help wildlife adapt to climate change, encourage sustainable living, fight to save sites where wildlife is threatened by monitoring development and inspire people to create more green space bringing environmental, social and economic benefits. The trust is one of 47 in the UK. Together, they make up the Wildlife Trusts Partnership. www.somersetwildlife.org
The Gardens Group
Three Garden Centres, Poundbury Gardens (Dorchester), Castle Gardens (Sherborne) and Brimsmore Gardens (Yeovil) each offering customers a very special kind of service in individual settings one in a converted Victorian farm building and another in the walled garden of Sherborne Castle. Think ‘deli for plants’ rather than a supermarket! A team of enthusiastic and knowledgeable plants-men and women, coupled with exemplary customer service and the dedication to find a perfect plant for each location is what makes people come back time and again to The Gardens Group. Not to mention the three restaurants, a farm shop and three award-winning Christmas Displays. To find out more go to www.thegardeneronline.co.uk.
Wildlife Friendly Garden Competition 2012. Now in its third year in Dorset, the competition sponsored by The Gardens Group aims to recognise the increasingly important contribution gardeners are making to the conservation of wildlife, even in the smallest spaces. It has been so successful that it is now being launched for the first time in Somerset, due to popular demand from the county’s wildlife loving gardeners.
Joy Wallis, Community Conservation Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust - Nicky Hoar
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