News

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

The continuing warm weather continues to result in some interesting sightings over recent weeks. Report and pictures from our lepidopterology and odonatology expert, Keith Powrie Week 19 A fairly early start, (for butterfly counting, that is) because of the expected
A report from our lepidopterology and odonatology expert, Keith Powrie The bout of warm weather has kick-started the summer broods into early action. The average number of butterflies to be seen during Week 12 has been established at 3.6, over
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Our Spring Newsletter is now available. You can view or download the complete newsletter from the cover image below:-  
As notified previously, further action has been required at Knoll Gardens THE NURSERY & GARDENS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED TO ON SITE VISITORS Earlier Notification (18-March) The charities policy on protecting volunteers and staff has been communicated directly to those involved.
Dorset-based community groups with an interest in horticulture, conservation or environmental issues are invited to apply to host the third free Knoll Gardens Foundation annual Community Lecture. Awarded in 2020, the lecture must be given before the end of 2022
Whilst you were getting excited, cooking the Christmas Dinner, and possibly enjoying a drink or two,our Knoll Gardens wildlife visitors were being recorded on our Trail Camera. No sign of Santa or Rudolph we're afraid, and largely just our 'regulars'.
Our Winter Newsletter is now available. You can view or download the complete newsletter from the cover image below:-
If you are interested in joining the Foundation as a Volunteer, take a look at our Support us page for details or perhaps pop along on one of our Volunteer Recruitment Open Mornings (see our Events schedule for dates)  
Visit us and find out more! Due to situation with Covid-19 all events from 17th March through to the end of May have been Cancelled - The position beyond this will be subject to further review The Knoll Gardens Foundation
The 2020 Knoll Gardens Foundation Community Lecture has been awarded to :- With age ranges spanning 16 – 90+ club members have a particular interest in the environment, represent all levels of ability and are drawn from a wide area
A new wildlife pond with a Trail Camera has been established in a secluded area in the garden away from the more the well-trodden paths. To enable us to find out who visits the pond we have hidden the Trail
Places now available for toddler group Bugs and Buds Some places are available for the first 2020 session on Saturday 29 February. Book at www.knollgardens.co.uk/events
Free open day welcomes teachers to wildlife friendly garden Wimborne’s Knoll Gardens is inviting teachers to visit free-of-charge on Saturday 19 October. Featuring stunning autumn colour, the garden which is renowned for its ornamental grasses and naturalistic style, is a
Approaching the end of the counting season, the latest reports from our lepidopterology and odonatology expert, Keith Powrie Week 25 This week was pretty much the same as last week - just that the cold nights have reduced the numbers.
Our Autumn Newsletter is now available. You can view or download the complete newsletter from the cover image below:-
Everyone will have their own particular interests but there's no denying that Knoll Gardens hosts a wonderful set of contrasting of events. A look at the Knoll Gardens Events Page  recently, provided a good  example across just  three days coming
A further report from our lepidopterology and odonatology expert, Keith Powrie Just managed to fit in a count between days of wind & rain - again! The walk started off cloudy but the sun eventually emerged and wow - What
As you may be aware, our Annual Garden Survey took place on 6th August. Here are some pitures from the setup and the day. The results from the survey showing species found are available here
Our High Summer Newsletter is now available. You can view or download the complete newsletter from the cover image below:-  
We will shortly be conducting another Moth Watch here in the Garden and it will be interesting to see how it compares against our last Watch in July. The results from July were most illuminating. The Great Reveal, always an
Two reports here from our lepidopterology and odonatology expert, Keith Powrie demonstrating the difference only a few days can make in the Garden. Read on for Weeks 15 and 16 below! Week 15 Another poor count week. It seems July
Annual Garden Wildlife Survey Tuesday 6th August This year’s Annual Garden Wildlife Survey takes place on Tuesday 6 August from 10am - 3pm normal garden admission costs apply. There’s no need to book, and £5 of each garden admission ticket
You may be interested to read the recent article regarding Knoll Gardens which appeared in the June edition of Viewpoint magazine and is reproduced below :-    
Below, a recent report from Keith Powrie of weekly butterfly monitoring carried out on the 6th July. It will be interesting to see how the improved weather of late might affect forthcoming sightings. A chance to see for yourself:- Guided
Our Summer Newsletter is now available. You can view or download the complete newsletter from the cover image below:-
Our thanks to Keith Powrie for this latest report and pictures from the Garden. Week 8 produced just a single Holly Blue.  Since then the weather has been abysmal and quite unsuitable for carrying out any butterfly counts, consequently Week
It is a National Garden Scheme (NGS) Open Garden day at Knoll on 21st June and the Dorset Wildlife Team will also be here with their 'Get Dorset Buzzing' Roadshow. The NGS is the most significant charitable funder of nursing
In celebration of National Volunteers’ Week we offer free admission to everyone who gives up valuable time in any volunteering capacity. Meet up with our own volunteers in the morning or simply relax as you enjoy a stroll around our
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
Regrettably this event has been cancelled. Please check later in the year for further information. 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
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
Our Late Spring Newsletter is now available. You can view or download the complete  newsletter from the cover image below:-
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
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,
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
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
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
In addition to established surveys of moths, butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies, birds and bats, two new investigations will be undertaken in 2019.
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
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
  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
Our Spring Newsletter is now available. You can view or download the newsletter from the cover image below:-
Here are the Design drawings for the new Learning Centre, get the full story of the New Classroom building on our Learning Centre page
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.
Our Late Summer Newsletter is now available. You can view or download the newsletter from the cover image below:-
Our Summer Newsletter is now available. You can view or download the newsletter from the cover image below:-
Our Early Summer Newsletter is now available. You can view or download the newsletter from the cover image below:-  
Our Spring Newsletter is now available. You can view or download the newsletter from the cover image below:-
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
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
Our 2017/18 Newsletter is now available. You can view or download the newsletter from the cover image below:-
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
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
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
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

Our Newsletters

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

2020 Spring


2020 Winter


2019 Autumn


2019 Hi-Summer

2019 Summer

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

Articles to read

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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