News

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

Late Season Report
Approaching the end of the counting season, the latest report from our lepidopterology and odonatology expert, Keith Powrie Despite it being near the end of the counting season 22 butterflies, of 9 different species, were seen this week. Migrants such
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Painted Ladies Here
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
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Annual Garden Survey – Pictures
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
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2019 Newsletter – High Summer
Our High Summer Newsletter is now available. You can view or download the complete newsletter from the cover image below:-  
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Moth Watch
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
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What a difference a few days make
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
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Every creature counts – Annual Garden Wildlife Survey
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
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Viewpoint Magazine – June 2019
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 :-    
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Butterfly Watch
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
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Newsletter 2019 – Summer
Our Summer Newsletter is now available. You can view or download the complete newsletter from the cover image below:-
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June Sightings
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
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Friday 21st June – Two good reasons to visit
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
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Friday 7th June – We Value Volunteers
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
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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
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
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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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Newsletter 2019 – May/June
Our Late Spring Newsletter is now available. You can view or download the complete  newsletter from the cover image below:-
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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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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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Newsletter 2019 – Spring
Our Spring Newsletter is now available. You can view or download the newsletter from the cover image below:-
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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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Newsletter 2018 – Late Summer
Our Late Summer Newsletter is now available. You can view or download the newsletter from the cover image below:-
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Newsletter 2018 – Summer Edition
Our Summer Newsletter is now available. You can view or download the newsletter from the cover image below:-
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Newsletter – 2018 Early Summer Edition
Our Early Summer Newsletter is now available. You can view or download the newsletter from the cover image below:-  
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Newsletter 2018 – Spring Edition
Our Spring Newsletter is now available. You can view or download the newsletter from the cover image below:-
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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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Newsletter 2017/18 Winter Edition
Our 2017/18 Newsletter is now available. You can view or download the newsletter from the cover image below:-
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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 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

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