The first Wildlife Friendly Gardening competition, launched in partnership this year by The Gardens Group and Dorset Wildlife Trust, has been a huge success with 50 wildlife friendly gardens entered from all four corners of the County - including private wildlife gardens and community projects.
The winning gardens will be announced and celebrated during an awards ceremony and charity fundraising evening in The Walled Garden at Castle Gardens, Sherborne on Thursday 15th July from 6pm - 8.30pm, (tickets are available from Castle Gardens now).
Mike Burks, Managing Director of The Gardens Group comments: "We have worked with the Wildlife Trust over many years and it has been great to organise a competition which celebrates wildlife - we were absolutely thrilled with the number of entries we received and look forward to receiving more next time. We will be judging and short-listing the finalists over the coming weeks and hope that everyone who entered, or is interested in wildlife, will be able to join us on the 15th July to celebrate and hopefully raise lots of money for The Butterfly Conservation Society".
During the ceremony each entrant will receive a Wildlife Friendly Gardening Plaque and Certificate with bigger prizes of Garden Centre vouchers and a year's membership to Dorset Wildlife Trust awarded to the top entries in each category. Renowned eco-gardener Clive Farrell will be presenting the awards to the winners during the ceremony and there will be more information about next year's competition as well as canapés, refreshments, music and charity raffle and auction. All money raised will be donated to The Butterfly Conservation Society.
Tickets are open to the public and can be purchased from Castle Gardens for £5.