The winners of the fourth Dorset Wildlife Friendly Gardening Competition were announced at an awards ceremony at Castle Gardens in Sherborne on Thursday 1 August. The competition recognises the important contribution gardeners are making to the conservation of wildlife and the awards were presented by freelance botanist, photographer, lecturer, author and owner of Natural History Travel, Bob Gibbons.
The competition, which is run by Dorset Wildlife Trust and sponsored by The Gardens Group, encouraged many wildlife gardeners from across Dorset to enter. The gardens were all shapes and sizes, including patio spaces with climbers to entice birds, large meadow-like gardens and community spaces which have been transformed into wildlife havens.
Joy Wallis, community conservation officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust said: "Each year the standard continues to improve, and this year it was wonderful to see that so many more gardeners are appreciating the importance of welcoming a variety of species into their garden, no matter how big or small. Our judges were thrilled to see the amount of effort that Dorset gardeners have been putting in to create these wildlife friendly habitats."
Photo caption: Winners of the Wildlife Friendly Gardening Awards 2013 with Bob Gibbons at Castle Gardens, Sherborne.