The Wildlife Friendly Gardening Competition 2017 - closed for entries!

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The competition is now CLOSED. We can't accept any further entries.

Wildlife Friendly Gardening Competition. Closing date: 26th May 2017 at 3pm. 

Following the success of our seventh wildlife friendly gardening competition last year, The Garden’s Group of Sherborne and Poundbury, has kindly offered to sponsor this competition once again.

How to enter

Entry to the competition is FREE. Just have a look at these entry support notes and then complete the online form below. 

You don’t need to have a huge garden and it doesn’t have to be immaculately weeded to enter this competition.  Judging takes place in May & June and we will contact you to arrange a convenient time to visit your garden.

Who can enter

Private gardeners, schools, housing associations and formal or informal community groups of any sort.  There is also a category for rented properties.  

How is the competition judged? 

The judges will be assessing your garden for how much effort you put in to creating wildlife habitats and what you do to attract wildlife in your garden. Use the online form to itemise the evidence and preferably send us some photos too. 

In addition to the habitats you’ve created we are looking to see who gardens in the most sustainable way possible eg. recycling items, low pesticide/herbicide use, sensitive use of power tools.

What if I don’t own my garden?

Don’t be put off if you live in a rented property of any sort or don’t own the garden you have made wildlife friendly.  We have a separate category that takes this into account and allows for the fact that you may not be able to make big structural changes.

What can I win?

Prizes will include a wildlife friendly selection of products, gardening vouchers, books and a Winner’s plaque.

There will be an Awards Ceremony for everyone who enters the competition at Castle Gardens, Sherborne and you will receive an invitation nearer to the date. 

Everyone who submits an application to the competition will be awarded a DWT Wildlife Friendly Garden plaque to display proudly in their garden! 

To apply for a Wildlife Friendly Garden plaque without entering the competition, apply for one on our plaque page here

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Wildlife Friendly Garden Competition Application Form

Please complete the form below

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