Foundation Events for 2019

Every year the Knoll Gardens Foundation hosts a wide range of events for adults and children designed to meet the charity’s objective of promoting low-impact, wildlife-friendly gardening. In addition to our public events programme, we welcome members of community groups, including art groups, camera clubs, horticultural societies and local wildlife organisations, to the garden, free of charge, on specifically designated days. We also offer free admission days to teachers and volunteers.

This year’s events are listed below, together where applicable, with the costs of taking part. These, together with Knoll’s own horticultural events, can be booked via the Knoll Gardens website.

Key

GW = Guided walk
FF = Family friendly
CD = Community day
TOD = Teachers’ open day
VOD = Volunteers’ open day

Fri 3 May 2019 (GW) Bee walk
Discover the fascinating world of bees and begin to identify the species in your own garden.
11.15am – 12.15pm £5.50 Book online

Fri 3 May 2019 (VOD) Volunteer recruitment day
Find out how to get involved in the work of the Knoll Gardens Foundation and meet some of our current team of volunteers.
10.30am – 1pm FREE No booking required

Thurs 6 June 2019 (GW) Bat walk
Explore Knoll Gardens before following a guided walk to identify the bats that live in or visit the garden.
8.45pm £6.50 Book online

Fri 7 June2019 (VOD) We Value Volunteers
In celebration of National Volunteers’ Week we offer free admission to everyone who gives up valuable time in any volunteering capacity. Relax and stroll around Knoll’s wonderful naturalistic garden and find out about the work of the Knoll Gardens Foundation.
10am – 3pm FREE with proof of volunteering status

Fri 21 June (FF) Get Dorset Buzzing Roadshow (with Dorset Wildlife Trust)
Fun activities, and hints and tips for all ages, to help encourage pollinating insects into your gardens. Find out about pollinator-friendly plants, bee & insect hotels, wild areas and more!
10am – 5pm Free on production of DWT membership card or Adult £6.50 / child £4.50

Fri 21 June (CD) NGS Open Day
The NGS is the most significant charitable funder of nursing charities in the country. Your visit today will help its work.
10am – 5pm Normal admission charge will be donated to NGS

Fri 21 June 2019 Outdoor concert: In C by Terry Riley
Midsummer concert by Dorset-based experimental music ensemble Gerauschhersteller.
7.30pm £10 (bring rugs & picnic) Book online

Fri 28 June (CD) Local Art Group Open Day
Local art groups are invited to contact us to enjoy a free day’s painting in the garden on this specially designated day.
10am – 4pm Free

Fri 5 July (CD) Local Horticultural Groups and Societies
Local groups are invited to contact us to enjoy a free day in the garden on this specially designated day.
10am – 4pm Free

Fri 12 July 2019 (GW) Bee walk
Discover the fascinating world of bees and begin to identify some of the species in your own garden.
11.15am – 12.15pm £5.50 Book online

Fri 12 July (CD) Bournemouth Natural Science Society Open Day
The Knoll Gardens Foundation welcomes staff, members and volunteers of BNSS to the garden free-of-charge as part of the charity’s drive to promote wildlife-friendly gardening with the ‘wow factor’.
10am – 4pm Free

Fri 19 July 2019 (GW) Butterfly walk
Identify and record Knoll’s butterflies in the week of the national Big Butterfly Count.
11am – 12.30pm £5.50 Book online

Fri 12 July 2019 (CD) Butterfly Conservation Society Open Day
The Knoll Gardens Foundation welcomes staff, members and volunteers of the BCS to the garden free-of-charge as part of the charity’s drive to promote wildlife friendly gardening with the ‘wow factor’.
10am – 4pm Free

Fri 2 Aug 2019 (CD) Local Camera Club Open Day
Local camera clubs are invited to contact us to enjoy a free day’s photography in the garden on this specially designated day.
10am – 4pm Free

Mon 5 Aug 2019 (GW) Bat walk
Explore Knoll Gardens before following a guided walk to identify the bats that live in or visit the garden.
8.15pm £6.50 Book online

Tues 6 Aug 2019 Annual Garden Wildlife Survey (with Dorset Wildlife Trust)
Join experts and volunteers to survey and record Knoll’s wildlife.
10am – 3pm Adult £6.50 / child £4.50
No booking required

Sat 17 Aug 2019 (FF)  Children’s Wildlife Safari
Family workshop to inspire a love of nature from a young age. Activities may include pond dipping, moth trapping and bug hunting.
10.30am – 12.30pm £4.50 per child + £2 per accompanying adult
To book please email; education@knollgardens.co.uk

Fri 23 Aug 2019 (VOD) Volunteer recruitment day
Find out how to get involved in the work of the Knoll Gardens Foundation and meet our current team of volunteers.
10.30am – 1pm FREE No booking required

Fri 13 Sept 2019 Dorset Wildlife Trust Members’ Day
Find out how Dorset’s biggest conservation charity works to support and improve the environment. Free admission to existing Dorset Wildlife Trust members and volunteers – or to anyone joining DWT on the day!
10am – 5pm Adult £6.50 / child £4.50
No booking required

Fri 20 Sept 2019 (CD) Local Art Group Open Day
Local art groups are invited to contact us to enjoy a free day’s painting in the garden on this specially designated day.
10am – 4pm Free

Fri 27 Sept 2019 (CD) NGS Open Day
The NGS is the most significant charitable funder of nursing charities in the country. Your visit today will help its work.
10am – 5pm Normal admission charge will be donated to NGS

Sat 19 Oct 2019  (TOD) Teachers’ Open Day
Acknowledging the valuable work of teachers and offering help with wildlife-friendly activities.
0am – 5pm FREE No booking required