(Above) Bee by Ken Dolbear (Below) Dorchester wildlife garden by Joy Wallis
Dorset Wildlife Trust are championing ‘Wild About Gardens’ week by teaming up with Transition Town Dorchester for the launch of a new ‘Incredible edibles’ scheme on Tuesday 29th October in the Dorchester Wildlife Garden.
The scheme, which is designed to encourage families to grow vegetables, fruit and herbs in gardens in an organic, wildlife friendly way, is part of an initiative to help halt the decline of garden-friendly animals such as hedgehogs.
'Grow your own' - help stop wildlife decline
The ‘Wild About Gardens’ week runs from 25th to 31st October and was set up by the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) and The Wildlife Trusts. The campaign to help save Britain’s wildlife is in response to the ‘State of Nature’ report published earlier this year which found that 60% of the 3,148 UK animal and plant species assessed have declined in the past 50 years.
A rewarding project
Joy Wallis, Community Conservation Officer for DWT said: “Whether public or private, gardens offer a wealth of habitats for wildlife. This “grow your own” scheme will be great for the local community to share in, and it is very rewarding watching your own carrots, onions, salads and herbs grow. It will provide an opportunity to sample fresh produce, straight from the ground and it is free to all. By looking after our gardens and growing plants and vegetables in a wildlife friendly way, we can create a haven for wildlife right on our doorsteps. We are looking for key volunteers to support this project. If you are interested, do come along”
Make a bug box to take home
There will also be an opportunity to make a bird or bug box to take home, discover minibeasts in the garden, or visit the Transition Town ducks and stop by for a cup of tea.
Transition Town Dorchester is a community group aiming to raise awareness of sustainable living. Kate Forrester from Transition Town said: “TTD aims to build self-reliance in response to increasing food miles, and so is delighted to find a place where we can share our skills, developed on the community farm, with people in the town centre, and in turn learn more about wildlife friendly gardening from DWT.”
The Incredible Edibles event is open to all, and will be behind All Saints Church, opposite the King’s Arms in High East Street, Dorchester on Tuesday 29th October, from 2-4pm.
For more information please contact Joy Wallis at or phone 01305 264620
Notes to the editor:
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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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.