Growing for top awards. Dorset’s wildlife gardeners gear up for awards ceremony.

Added on 12 June 2014

Dr Lionel Smith from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Reading has been announced as the guest speaker at the 2014 Wildlife Friendly Gardening Awards Ceremony. Now in its fifth year, the charity fundraising event will be held at Castle Gardens, Sherborne, on Wednesday 16 July from 5:00pm – 9.00pm (tickets are now available from Castle Gardens and Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620).

The Wildlife Friendly Gardening competition, organised in partnership with The Gardens Group and Dorset Wildlife Trust, has once again been a huge success. Mike Burks, managing director of The Gardens Group says: “The evening will celebrate the wonderful entries to this year’s competition. Year on year we get more entries as gardeners in Dorset become more enthusiastic about making their gardens more welcoming to wildlife.”

This year, guests are being invited to arrive from 5:00pm to take part in an interactive workshop about attracting wildlife into garden ponds. The top awards will be announced from 7:00pm by Dr Lionel Smith who will also give a talk on his research into creating a colourful and more bio-diverse alternative to grass lawns. Each entrant will receive a Certificate with bigger prizes of a Wildlife Friendly Gardening Plaque, Garden Centre vouchers and a year’s membership to Dorset Wildlife Trust awarded to the top entries in each category. There will also be more information about next year’s competition, refreshments and a charity raffle.


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