Gardens Group wildlife awards presented by Toby Buckland

The winners of Dorset and South Somerset's Wildlife Friendly Garden Competition 2012 have been announced at Castle Gardens garden centre in Sherborne by TV gardener Toby Buckland.

Winners of the first Wildlife Friendly Gardening Awards with Toby Buckland - image: Dorset Wildlife Trust
Winners of the first Wildlife Friendly Gardening Awards with Toby Buckland - image: Dorset Wildlife Trust

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

2012 Wildlife Friendly Garden Competition results:


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, 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

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


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

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