Winners include a village green and schools as well as tiny and large gardens.
Now in its third year in Dorset, the competition, run by Dorset Wildlife Trust and sponsored by The Gardens Group, aims to recognise the contribution gardeners are making to the conservation of wildlife, even in the smallest spaces.
This year it was launched in Somerset as well in association with Somerset Wildlife Trust.
More than 50 gardens in total entered this year’s competition from both Dorset and Somerset, 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.
Dorset Wildlife Trust community conservation officer Joy Wallis 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."
Organisers confirmed that the competition will continue in 2013. See dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/wg.
2012 Wildlife Friendly Garden Competition results:
First Sue Green, Bournemouth
Second Sue Dean, Alton Pancras
Third Ingrid Chalcraft, Stalbridge
First Mr Coombe, Cerne Abbas
Second Angela Patterson, Lyme Regis
Third Mr and Mrs Wardlaw, Piddlehinton
Highly Commended Christine Rashleigh-Berry, Preston, Weymouth
First Tina Wright, East Orchard
Second Mr and Mrs Cawood, Longburton
Joint Third Mrs Bowles, Longburton
Highly Commended Dr J F Fisher, Throop Mill Cottage, Bournemouth, Mr and Mrs Pearce, Ridge
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
[For the efforts of individuals on behalf of the community]
Beatrice and Richard Dopita, Waitrose Wildlife Garden, Wimborne
Piddlehinton Millennium Garden Julian Wardlaw
South Somerset (first year of competition):
Winner Elizabeth and Carleton Earl, Winsham
Runner up Anne and Neil Galton, Long Load
Highly Commended Helen Lofthouse, Chard
St Nicholas CE Primary School, Henstridge