Dorset’s most wildlife friendly gardens celebrated at Castle Gardens

Added on 03 August 2015

After months of judging, Dorset’s most wildlife friendly gardens were announced at Sherborne-based Castle Gardens on Thursday 30 July. The 6th annual Dorset Wildlife Trust Wildlife Friendly Garden Competition, which is sponsored by The Gardens Group, saw 41 entries this year, including schools, museums and individuals from right across the county.

The Judges, which included Dorset Wildlife Trust president, Tony Bates MBE, community conservation officer, Briony Baxter, and Mike Burks, managing director of The Gardens Group, have been visiting gardens around the county since May. This year extra marks were given to gardeners who provide a particularly inviting haven for pollinating insects.

Before the awards were announced, Dr David Aplin, director of Botanical Values, gave a fascinating talk about the weird and wonderful world of plants that partner with other organisms, including bacteria and fungi. David commented, “In times of increased urbanisation people’s gardens have never been more important, so Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife Friendly Garden Competition can play a vital role in helping raise awareness of the wildlife on our doorsteps. Pockets of wildlife can provide vital habitats for many organisms and this can significantly increase human health and well-being.”


Wildlife Friendly Garden Awards 2015


Winner: Jeanette Smith, Gillingham    

Second: Carole Irving, Maiden Newton

Third: Catherine Smith, Bere Regis

Highly Commended: Brigit Strawbridge, Shaftesbury



Winner: Bernard Sullivan, Bourton

Second: Susan Herbert, Dorchester

Third: Marion and Jim Perriss, Maiden Newton

Highly Commended: Alex Simpson, Thornford and Carole Parsons, Fontmell Magna



Winner: Sally Condon, Piddletrenthide

Second: Peter Schouler, Shaftesbury

Third: Sarah Studley, Weymouth

Highly Commended: Jo and David Hargill, Stour Provost



Winner: Holy Trinity School, Weymouth    

Second: St Nicholas Primary School, Henstridge

Third: St Nicholas and St Lawrence Broadway, Weymouth

Highly Commended: Wyke Primary School, Gillingham


Best Improved

Winner: Lyn Parsons, Bournemouth

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