2018 Wildlife Gardening competition open for entries
Thursday 5th April 2018
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT’s) annual wildlife gardening competition, sponsored by The Gardens Group, is open for entries from 1st April 2018. The competition is for those who garden with wildlife in mind and create havens for wildlife on their doorstep.
Now in its ninth year, the popular competition is free to enter and is suitable for private gardeners, schools, housing associations, community groups and also for those in rented properties. This year, there is a new ‘innovation’ award, for gardeners using creative ways to create homes for wildlife such as using upcycled materials.
DWT’s Community Conservation Officer, Katie Wilkinson said, “This competition is for anyone who has wildlife friendly features in their garden, such as a pond or a mini wildflower meadow. You don’t have to be an expert. The judges who come to visit the entrants will also give tips and advice on wildlife friendly gardening if you’re just starting out. More than ever, our wildlife is dependent on gardens to provide food and shelter, so what we do in our gardens is really important.”
Mike Burks, managing director of The Gardens Group, said, “Wildlife friendly gardening has really grown in popularity over the years, as people become more aware of their impact on the environment and wildlife. Every year we are hugely impressed and inspired by gardeners across Dorset, who are creating beautiful wildlife havens in their gardens, no matter how big or small. This competition is not just for gardening experts, so we would like to encourage anyone who is trying to create a welcoming environment for wildlife to enter, whether in their gardens or out in the wider community.”
Wildlife friendly features in the garden include ponds, bug hotels, and bird boxes.
The closing date for applications is Friday 25th May 2018 and judging will start in June. Everyone who takes part in the competition will receive a DWT wildlife friendly garden plaque and will be invited to the prize-giving ceremony at The Gardens Groups’ Castle Gardens in Sherborne in July. Prizes will include wildlife garden products, gardening books, vouchers and a winners’ plaque.
Apply online here to find out more, complete the online form and send us your photos.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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 27,000 members and 44 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve and the Kingcombe Centre, Brownsea Island Nature Reserve, The Fine Foundation Marine Centre 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. Dorset Wildlife Trust registered charity number: 200222.
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