Inaugural Community Lecture

Inaugural Community Lecture awarded to Dorset Wildlife Trust

In what is hoped will become an annual event, the first sponsored Knoll Gardens Foundation Community Lecture will be delivered to members of the Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT) Wimborne Group in 2019.

The community lecture scheme was launched earlier this year to mark the tenth anniversary of the Foundation, a Wimborne-based charity that researches and promotes environmentally sensitive and wildlife-friendly gardening.

Dorset community groups were invited to apply to host the sponsored lecture and the charity’s trustees chose DWT as the best application from the many received. The inaugural lecture will be given by Knoll Gardens’ owner Neil Lucas.

“We are delighted to have been chosen to host the first Knoll Gardens Foundation Community Lecture, and we expect a great turnout to hear about Neil’s gardening philosophy,” commented Michael Evans, Chair of DWT’s Wimborne group.

“We strongly believe that our gardens are an important resource for wildlife and, amongst other initiatives, run an annual Wildlife-Friendly Gardens competition. We are keen to learn from Neil about how we might be able to use some of Knoll’s techniques in our own gardens.”

Neil’s lecture, Plants, Gardens and Wildlife: the work of the Knoll Gardens Foundation, will look at the naturalistic style of planting employed at Knoll and explore the Knoll Gardens Foundation’s work in researching and promoting the benefits of naturalistic gardening to wildlife.

More information regarding the Dorset Wildlife Trust can be found on the DWT website