Gardening experts from The Gardens Group and wildlife champions from Dorset Wildlife Trust are joining forces to run a workshop about the role that gardening plays in protecting and encouraging the country’s wildlife.
The one-day workshop will cost £55 per person and will be held on Saturday 11 May from 10am 4pm at The Kingcombe Centre near Dorchester, Dorset.
Mike Burks, co-founder and managing director of The Gardens Group, explains: “We are really looking forward to working with Dorset Wildlife Trust at Dorset’s premier environmental education centre. The day will be full of practical tips on how to turn your garden into a wildlife haven throughout the year. What’s more, we’ll be happy to answer questions and offer advice on natural pest control methods.”
Tony Bates, chairman of Dorset Wildlife Trust, adds:
“It’s a real pleasure to combine our knowledge and passion for the natural world with the expertise and enthusiasm for horticulture from The Gardens Group. This workshop is a great addition to our course calendar, and we would encourage gardeners of all levels to come and find out how to make their garden more wildlife-friendly.”
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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.
The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is owned by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and leased to Dorset Wildlife Trust who run the Centre on behalf of a partnership including the Chesil Bank and the Fleet Nature Reserve and the Jurassic Coast Team, with the continued help of local volunteers. The building of the new centre and boardwalk was made possible by funding from a wide range of organisations, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Crown Estate and Court Leet of the Island and Royal Manor of Portland, the Fine Family Foundation, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, Dorset County Council, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Chalk and Cheese and the Jurassic Coast Trust.
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There are 47 individual Wildlife Trusts covering the whole of the UK. All are working for an environment rich in wildlife for everyone. We have more than 800,000 members including 150,000 members of our junior branch Wildlife Watch. Our vision is to create A Living Landscape and secure Living Seas. We manage around 2,300 nature reserves and every year we advise thousands of landowners and organisations on how to manage their land for wildlife. We also run marine conservation projects around the UK, collecting vital data on the state of our seas and celebrating our amazing marine wildlife. Every year we work with thousands of schools and our nature reserves and visitor centres receive millions of visitors. Each Wildlife Trust is working within its local communities to inspire people about the future of their area: their own Living Landscapes and Living Seas.