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Wildlife Garden Planning & Design

Tue 5 - Thur 7 Sep 2017

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Image: Ken Dolbear MBE

Enjoy visits to some of Dorset’s best gardens, large and small; learn from demonstrations & design sessions to take your inspiration home. 

Want to do more for wildlife in your garden?  What you do in your garden can have a huge positive impact on your local wildlife.  This special 3 day workshop will combine visits to some of the best exemplars in wildlife gardening around Dorset with practical demonstrations and talks. 

Late summer, early autumn is a great time to be looking at wildlife gardening, as this is when you can learn how to extend your flowering season and how to provide cover and food for wildlife into winter.  There will be talks in the evenings, plus a demonstration on propagation from local gardening expert Philip Gamble.  There will also be time to look at the design process and planning for turning your garden into a wildlife friendly garden in the future.

With visits to gardens large and small, rural and urban, the variety is amazing, but they all have one thing in common – their extraordinary efforts to make a beautiful garden that is also welcoming to wildlife.  The gardens have been chosen as previous winners of Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife Friendly Gardening Competition and we have been specially invited by the owners to visit for you to be inspired by what the ordinary gardeners of Dorset have achieved.  These gardens have not featured in any glossy magazines, (although most of them could!) and include large, medium and small gardens, plus community gardens, so you will see a range of different sizes and styles.  Often some of the smallest gardens have the most ingenious ideas for incorporating homes for wildlife.

About the Leader:

The tour will be led by wildlife gardening expert, Briony Baxter (MHort), who is familiar with these hidden gems of Dorset and can give advice and information on all aspects of gardening.  Briony works as a Community Conservation Officer for DWT and has over 12 years of experience assisting local communities to set up and maintain wildflower meadows, community spaces and wildlife gardens.  She is one of the judges on the annual Wildlife Gardening Competition.


£299 pp Residential  -  includes 2 nights sole occupancy accommodation, full board including a home-cooked breakfast, tea/cake, lunch, 3 course dinner, activities, transport and some entrance fees.

£219 pp Non-Residential  -  includes all of the above except accommodation and breakfast.


The course will start at 1pm on Tuesday with lunch and welcome, and will finish with afternoon tea on Thursday around 4pm.

What to bring: 

Just yourselves, comfortable walking shoes/boots, outdoor clothing and a bag.

Coming from further afield or wish to extend you stay?  We offer B&B accommodation.

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This is a new event for 2017.

Briony Baxter

Briony Baxter (MHort)


Wildlife Garden competition winner 2013 c Joy Wallis