Purbeck is going wild about gardening this spring with Dorset Wildlife Trust. You can find out all about wildlife friendly gardening at The Purbeck Wildlife Gardening Weekend on 13th and 14th April at garden centres around the Isle of Purbeck plus a host of gardening activities for adults and children at Holme for Gardens near Wareham and Galton Garden Centre in Owermoigne.
The Purbeck Wildlife Gardening Weekend is part of the Wild Purbeck Nature Improvement Area initiative funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with seven garden centres across Purbeck joining in with wildlife gardening information and wildlife friendly plants for sale.
Holme for Gardens and Galton Garden Centre will have activities all weekend, including a Wildlife Gardening demonstration and, for children, the chance to make a bug hotel or plant wild flowers plus competitions, posters, quizzes and activities to take home. On Sunday 14th April there is also a Wildlife Gardening Workshop (please book) at Galton Garden Centre.
Briony Baxter, Community Conservation Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said:
“We are really looking forward to meeting lots of Purbeck gardeners who are interested in encouraging more wildlife into their gardens. I hope you’ll come and see us with all your gardening questions and take away lots of ideas and tips for your own garden. We want to show people that everybody can be a wildlife friendly gardener and that your garden doesn’t have to look wild or messy to welcome wildlife!”
Find out more about wildlife gardening on the Purbeck Wildlife Gardening Weekend 13th and 14th April at: Benville Nurseries, Owermoigne, Mill House Nurseries, Owermoigne, Norden Farm Shop and Nursery, Corfe Castle, Purbeck Pets and Equestrian, Wareham and Putlake Adventure Farm, Langton Matravers. Full programme of activities available from 10am to 3pm at Galton Garden Centre, 24 Wareham Road, Owermoigne DT2 8BY and Holme for Gardens, West Holme, Farm, Wareham BH20 6AQ.
The Wildlife Gardening Workshop is at 2pm on 14th April; no charge but please book on 01305 264620. More information and full programme for the weekend at dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/wild-gardening-weekend.
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For more information please contact Briony Baxter at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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