On this page you will find our  News Stories. You can also view our  collection of  Newsletters past and present.

Spectacular Spring Butterfly Count
The environment in the garden is clearly working for our wildlife as this recent report and picture from Keith Powrie,  (our friendly expert in lepidopterology and odonatology) shows :- “Last week’s count was pretty spectacular. 21 butterflies seen of 5
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Midsummer Concert
Experimental midsummer music in glorious Knoll Gardens Fans of experimental music have a rare opportunity to hear In C by Terry Riley, one of the greatest living minimalist composers, in the glorious surroundings of Knoll Gardens in Wimborne in June.
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Glow-worm Larvae spotted
Those present during the Wildlife Gardeners Question time segment of our  First Knoll Gardens Foundation Community Lecture would have heard Nick Dobbs mention that he had recently seen glow worm lavae in Knoll Gardens. Nick is overseeing our reptile surveys
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2020 Lecture – Applications Invited
Apply now for free garden biodiversity lecture Applications are now being taken for the annual Knoll Gardens Foundation Community Lecture. Any local community organisations with an interest in gardens, conservation and wildlife can apply to host the free lecture which
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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,
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May 3 Join Us – 2019 Volunteer days
The work of the Foundation could not be delivered without the help of our dedicated volunteers and we are always interested in talking to potential new recruits. In addition to the information on this website (more details on our Support
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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. Neil Lucas, gardening guru, holder of
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First Bat Walk sold out – more dates
Please note that our first bat Walk of 2019 on 11th April has Sold Out but remember more dates are available! Jan Freeborn leads walks, using her years of experience and the latest technology to help identify the bats found
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New Garden Wildlife Surveys 2019
In addition to established surveys of moths, butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies, birds and bats, two new investigations will be undertaken in 2019.
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Learning Centre Building gets planning approval
The Learning Centre project took a major step forward when planning permission was granted towards the end of 2018. The permission is subject to further ground investigation and use of ‘no dig’ foundations to ensure that there is no damage
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First Wildlife Walk of 2019
Jan Freeborn leads the first wildlife walk of 2019 on 11 April, using her years of experience and the latest technology to help identify the bats found in the garden. Jan will run two further bat walks this year, on
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Bugs and Buds Returns
  The popular Saturday morning Bugs and Buds toddler club is back from 10.30am – noon on the last Saturday of each month. Spring sessions run on 23 Feb, 30 March and 27 April but places are limited so early
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New Learning Centre Design Drawings
Here are the Design drawings for the new Learning Centre, get the full story of the New Classroom building on our Learning Centre page
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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.
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Invitations for 2019 Biordivesity Lecture Welcome
Dorset community groups invited to apply for first free annual garden biodiversity lecture in 2019 – Deadline for entry 29th June 2018 Dorset community organisations with an interest in gardens, conservation and wildlife are invited to apply to host the
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Announcing Wild & Wonderful Bees July 2017
Wild and Wonderful Bees – Saturday 14th July Amid increasing concern about the decline in the world’s bee population, ‘Wild and Wonderful Bees’ is a family-friendly day especially created to open your eyes to the wonderful world of bees. Running
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Join us for Wildlife Garden Survey August 2017
Take a walk on the wild side: Join us for our annual garden wildlife survey – Tuesday 8 August 2017 Every August the Knoll Gardens Foundation hosts a very special Garden Wildlife Survey. In 2016, sixty-one species were identified in
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Registration with Fundraising Regulator
The Knoll Gardens Foundation proudly works with the Fundraising Regulator, an independent body who set and maintain the standards for charitable fundraising in the UK. The role of the Fundraising Regulator is as follows: To set and promote the standards
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Bugs & Buds toddler club gets kids into the garden
Bugs and Buds toddler club gets kids into the garden Bugs and Buds is a monthly garden club for tots launching at Knoll in May 2017. The club aims to inspire a love of nature from an early age with
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Luxury Accommodation for Bees and Bugs
A brand new luxury hotel was officially declared open on 2 August 2016 when the Dorset Wildlife Trust unveiled Knoll Gardens’ new bee hotel. Built by DWT staff and volunteers and installed as part of the Knoll Gardens Foundation’s on-­‐going
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Our Newsletters

We publish Newsletters throughout the year. To view click on the appropriate image below :-

2019 Late Spring


2019 Spring

2018 Late Summer
2018 Summer
2018 Early Summer
2018 Spring
2017/18 Winter
2017 Autumn
2017 Summer
2017 Early Summer
2017 Spring
2016 Summer
2015 Summer
2014 Spring
2013 Spring
2012 Summer
2011 Summer
2011 Autumn
2010 Winter

Some of our Past Events

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

June 2015Foundation Friday; We value our Volunteers

June 2015Foundation 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 link below:

Forthcoming events

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