April 27th Foundation Community Lecture

As part of its campaign to combat the decline of pollinating insects in our gardens Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is hosting a special Get Dorset Buzzing event at Wimborne’s Allendale Centre on 27 April.

Aimed at everyone interested in gardening for wildlife, the evening begins with a talk on how planting can open up your garden to wildlife before a ‘Wildlife Gardener’s Question Time’ session featuring a panel of experts ready to answer questions and offer practical advice to get your garden buzzing.

Neil Lucas, gardening guru, holder of ten consecutive Chelsea Gold Medals and one of the UK”s leading plantsmen, will begin the wildlife-friendly evening with his talk, Plants, Gardens and Wildlife: the work of the Knoll Gardens Foundation.

Neil established a charity, the Knoll Gardens Foundation, in 2008 to look at the relationship between his planting style and the wildlife found in his Wimborne-based garden. His talk will explain more about his planting methods at Knoll, whilst also exploring the Knoll Gardens Foundation’s work in researching and promoting the benefits of naturalistic gardening to wildlife.

Neil Lucas said, “I am delighted to be able to work with DWT on such an important campaign as Get Dorset Buzzing. This will be a very special evening for me as it will also mark the first Knoll Gardens Foundation Community Lecture. We launched the annual scheme last year to mark the charity’s 10th anniversary and chose DWT to receive the first ever lecture. I am really pleased to be able deliver this talk as part of Get Dorset Buzzing and help raise awareness of such an important issue.”

Bumblebee at Kingcombe
Picture: Courtesy and © Catherine Bolado

Peacock Butterfly
Picture: Courtesy and © Ken Dolbear MBE

Nicky Hoar, Community Conservation Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust added, “If all the private gardens in Dorset were put together they’d create an area larger than Bournemouth and Christchurch combined. That is an area that could offer huge potential for our troubled pollinators. Through Get Dorset Buzzing we are asking householders in Dorset to come together to make a difference and do one thing to help pollinators in your garden. Our aim is to get our local gardens buzzing with life.”

Get Dorset Buzzing is a Dorset Wildlife Trust Initiative. Find out more from their Get Dorset Buzzing Link below:


Tickets for the event at the Allendale on 27th April are£8 for adults and £5 for children (under 16).

Book at www.theallendale.org or ring 01202 887247.