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Dorset community groups invited to apply for first free annual garden biodiversity lecture

Dorset community organisations with an interest in gardens, conservation and wildlife are invited to apply to host the first free annual lecture sponsored by the Knoll Gardens Foundation. It is the first time we have offered a free lecture to local groups and we hope it will become a regular annual event. The lecture will be presented by Knoll’s owner Neil Lucas, RHS Council member and Senior Judge, and the UK’s leading ornamental grass specialist. Interested groups can select from one of three lecture topics and the charity’s trustees will chose which organisation will host the first lecture based on information provided in a simple application form.

Neil Lucas is in great demand as an entertaining and knowledgeable speaker. He holds ten Chelsea Gold Medals, is the author of the best-selling book ‘Designing with Grasses’ and has been a Council Member at the RHS since 2012.

Normally costing over £500 plus expenses, the presentation will be delivered, completely free of charge, to the selected community organisation able to provide a venue, audience and projector screen.

Applications are not restricted to gardening organisations. Any Dorset community group is welcome to apply whose members would appreciate hearing from an internationally acknowledged horticultural expert, completely free-of-charge.
Application deadline is 29 June 2018.

Download an application form….


June 2017: Take a walk on the wild side

May 2017: Bugs and Buds toddler club gets kids into the garden

Aug 2016: Luxury accommodation for bees and bugs




To see past newsletters sent to our Friends and supporters, click on the links below:-

Winter 2017/18
Autumn 2017
Summer 2017
Early summer 2017
Spring 2017
Spring 2016
Summer 2015
Spring 2014
Spring 2013
Summer 2012
Autumn 2011
Summer 2011
Winter 2010


Want to learn more about our approach to wildlife friendly gardening? Our volunteers are available in the gardens to answer questions and offer practical advice on most Friday mornings. Or why not take a butterfly walk, learn to weave a hedgerow basket, help to identify wildlife in the garden or learn about herbal medicine? We run a varied programme of events (many of them free) throughout the year. For a list of all current events please click here


May 2015            Foundation Friday; RSPB Guided Walk – The Voices of Spring

June 2015           Foundation Friday; We value our Volunteers                                                               Foundation Friday; Make Wildlife Welcome

July 2015            Foundation Friday; Guided Walk – Beautiful Butterflies

August 2015       The Great Heath Garden Wildlife Survey

October 2015      Foundation Friday; Wild about Gardens

November 2015  Foundation Friday; RSPB Guided Walk – The Garden in Winter


Articles to read

Read the editorial feature about the gardens and Foundation in The Gardening Times by clicking on the attached link:
The Gardening Times