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Top Wildlife Gardeners Awarded for South Somerset

The winners of Somerset Wildlife Trust’s 2012 Wildlife Friendly Garden Competition were announced at Castle Gardens in Sherborne on July 19 by TV Gardener Toby Buckland and include gardeners from Chard, Winsham and a Henstridge school.

Now in its third year in Dorset the competition, run by Dorset Wildlife Trust and sponsored by The Gardens Group, has been so successful that it was launched in south Somerset for the first time this year. It aims to recognise the increasingly important contribution gardeners are making to the conservation of wildlife, even in the smallest spaces.

Over 50 gardens in total entered this year’s competition from both Somerset and Dorset, including more schools than ever before. Winners received a Wildlife Friendly Garden plaque and wildlife-friendly prizes and there was a prize for every school that entered the competition, all donated by The Gardens Group. All entrants also benefited from advice and suggestions by the team of expert judges.

South Somerset competition winners were:

Winner: Elizabeth and Carleton Earl from Winsham
Runner up: Anne and Neil Galton from Long Load, nr Martock
Highly Commended: Helen Lofthouse from Chard & St Nicholas CE Primary School, Henstridge.
Highly Commended: St Nicholas CE Primary School, Henstridge Highly Commended: St Nicholas CE Primary School, Henstridge Highly Commended: St Nicholas CE Primary School, Henstridge Highly Commended: St Nicholas CE Primary School, Henstridge Winners: Elizabeth & Carleton Earl, Winsham Winners: Elizabeth & Carleton Earl, Winsham Runner Up: Anne & Neil Galton, Long Load Winners: Elizabeth & Carleton Earl, Winsham Runner Up: Anne & Neil Galton, Long Load Runner Up: Anne & Neil Galton, Long Load

Sponsored by The Gardens GroupPenny Richards, a volunteer with Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Gardening for Wildlife Group was one of the judges. She said: “It’s great to see so many people considering how they can help wildlife in their gardens. As the wider countryside comes under increasing pressure these oasis are more important than ever for our native wildlife.”

Joy Wallis, Community Conservation Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “We were really pleased to have so many new entrants this year, showing that more people are taking up wildlife gardening. The judges were bowled over by how people had found so many different ways to welcome wildlife into their gardens. Taken together, the county’s wildlife gardeners are providing vital wildlife habitat to rival that of our nature reserves!”

Somerset and Dorset Wildlife Trust support local gardeners by providing free online advice and gardeners can self assess their gardens for wildlife friendly features to receive a free ‘This is Wildlife Garden’ plaque in recognition of their efforts.

See our Wildlife Gardening page or www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/wg for detail.


2012 Wildlife Friendly Garden Competition results:

South Somerset (first year of competition):

Toby Buckland with Elizabeth and Carleton Earl winner of the South Somerset Category Winner Elizabeth and Carleton Earl from Winsham
Runner Up: Anne & Neil Galton, Long Load Runner up Anne and Neil Galton from Long Load
Toby Buckland and Helen Lofthouse Highly commended in the South Somerset Category Highly Commended Helen Lofthouse from Chard
L to R: Parent Michelle Howell, a major driver in the school\ Highly Commended St Nicholas CE Primary School, Henstridge

L to R: Parent Michelle Howell, a major driver
in the school’s wildlife garden and Tracey Pratt,
Year 4 teacher at St Nicholas.

Dorset:

 

Patio/Small Garden

 
First Sue Green, Bournemouth
Second Sue Dean, Alton Pancras
Third Ingrid Chalcraft, Stalbridge

Medium Garden:

 
First Mr Coombe, Cerne Abbas
Second Angela Patterson, Lyme Regis
Third Mr and Mrs Wardlaw, Piddlehinton
Highly Commended Christine Rashleigh-Berry, Preston, Weymouth

Large Garden:

 
First Tina Wright, East Orchard
Second Mr and Mrs Cawood, Longburton
Joint Third Mrs Bowles, Longburton
Highly Commended Dr J F Fisher, Bournemouth
Mr and Mrs Pearce, Ridge

Community/School:

 
First Wool First School
Second Milborne First School, Milborne St Andrew
Third St Osmund’s Middle School, Dorchester
Highly Commended Leigh Village Hall

Best Improved
(winners from last year):

Sue and Paul Bushby, Upton

Special Awards
(for the efforts of individuals
on behalf of the community)

Beatrice and Richard Dopita, Waitrose Wildlife Garden, Wimborne
Piddlehinton Millennium Garden, Julian Wardlaw