This year’s top wildlife friendly gardens in Dorset come in all shapes and sizes, from Bournemouth in the east to Lyme Regis in the west. The winners of Dorset and South Somerset’s Wildlife Friendly Garden Competition 2012 were announced at Castle Gardens in Sherborne by TV Gardener Toby Buckland and include a village green and schools as well as tiny and large gardens.
It has been so successful that was this year it was launched in Somerset as well
Now in its third year in Dorset, the competition, run by Dorset Wildlife Trust and 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 was this year it was launched in Somerset as well, in association with Somerset Wildlife Trust.
Over 50 gardens in total entered this year’s competition from both Dorset and Somerset, including more schools than ever before. Winners received a Wildlife Friendly Garden plaque and wildlife-friendly prizes and there was a prize for every school that entered the competition, all donated by The Gardens Group. All entrants also benefited from advice and suggestions by the team of expert judges.
The judges were bowled over by how people had found so many different ways to welcome wildlife into their gardens.
Joy Wallis, Community Conservation Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “We were really pleased to have so many new entrants this year, showing that more people are taking up wildlife gardening. The judges were bowled over by how people had found so many different ways to welcome wildlife into their gardens. Taken together, the county’s wildlife gardeners are providing vital wildlife habitat to rival that of our nature reserves!”
Organisers confirmed that the competition will continue in 2013 so, for wildlife gardening advice to get you started, visit dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/wg.
2012 Wildlife Friendly Garden Competition results:
First Sue Green, Bournemouth
Second Sue Dean, Alton Pancras
Third Ingrid Chalcraft, Stalbridge
First Mr Coombe, Cerne Abbas
Second Angela Patterson, Lyme Regis
Third Mr and Mrs Wardlaw, Piddlehinton
Highly Commended Christine Rashleigh-Berry, Preston, Weymouth
First Tina Wright, East Orchard
Second Mr and Mrs Cawood, Longburton
Joint Third Mrs Bowles, Longburton
Highly Commended Dr J F Fisher, Throop Mill Cottage, Bournemouth
Mr and Mrs Pearce, Ridge
First Wool First School
Second Milborne First School, Milborne St Andrew
Third St Osmund’s Middle School, Dorchester
Highly Commended Leigh Village Hall
Best Improved (winners from last year)
Sue and Paul Bushby, Upton
[for the efforts of individuals on behalf of the community]
Beatrice and Richard Dopita, Waitrose Wildlife Garden, Wimborne
Piddlehinton Millennium Garden Julian Wardlaw
South Somerset (first year of competition):
Winner Elizabeth and Carleton Earl, Winsham
Runner up Anne and Neil Galton, Long Load
Highly Commended Helen Lofthouse, Chard
St Nicholas CE Primary School, Henstridge
Notes to Editor
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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 is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature
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.