(Above) Wildlife Garden at Kingcombe © Sally Welbourn (below) Red Mason Bee © Jane Adams
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is delighted to announce the launch of the popular annual ‘Wildlife Friendly Garden competition’ for 2015, which is now in its fifth year.
Sponsored by the Gardens Group of Castle Gardens and Poundbury, all entrants will get a visit to their garden from a judge who will provide feedback, including helpful advice on how to improve gardens for wildlife.
The judges will be looking for wildlife friendly garden features
Categories include patio or small garden, medium to large garden, large, community garden or school, and best improved garden from winners of previous years. The judges will be looking for wildlife friendly features such as a bird box, bird bath, or pond.
Extra credit will be given to gardens with special provision for pollinators
Following the publication of the National Pollinator Strategy to protect pollinating insects which are a vital part of the food production and the diversity of our environment, extra credit will be given to any gardeners who are making special provision for pollinating insects.
A wildlife friendly garden will reward you and wildlife
Joy Wallis, DWT Community Conservation Officer said, “In the Wildlife Friendly Gardening competition 2015, participants will be given extra recognition for growing nectar and pollen rich plants, providing bee houses, log piles and keeping a record of the pollinators they see. Gardens are often far less toxic to insects than the intensively farmed countryside, and we want to encourage all gardeners to think of their gardens as havens for pollinating insects. If you delight in seeing hedgehogs, butterflies and birds, a wildlife friendly garden will reward you with frequent wildlife visitors throughout the summer.”
Prizes and how to enter...
Prizes include a selection of gardening products, gardening vouchers, books and a winners’ plaque. There will be an awards ceremony on Thursday 30th July at Castle Gardens, Sherborne, with guest speaker Dr David Aplin.
Closing dates for entries is Friday 22nd May 2015. For more details and an entry form, visit our wildlife gardening page or phone 01305 264620.
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620 or 07436158325.
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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.