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Wildlife Trust on hedgehog watch

Post date: Tue, 10/10/2017 - 13:17

Have you spotted a hedgehog in your garden recently?

The Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) want to hear from you.

The trust is encouraging Dorset homeowners to note their sightings.

Hedgehogs are insectivorous, meaning they eat insects including caterpillars, beetles and earthworms as well as slugs and snails. They need to eat plenty of food during the summer months so that they are in good condition when they hibernate in October and November.

Roy Lancaster’s ‘Life of Plants’ talk at Colehill

Post date: Tue, 10/10/2017 - 13:14

The President of the Hardy Plant Society, Roy Lancaster, is speaking to the Dorset Hardy Plant Society in Colehill on Saturday, 28th October, at
2.30 pm. His talk will be entitled ‘A Life of Plants’.

The meeting is an all ticket event. Tickets are now available and can be obtained from www.dorsethps.org.uk

The cost will be £1.50 for Dorset Group members and £5 for visitors. The title of the talk is based on Roy Lancaster’s latest autobiographical book. Roy lives in Chandler’s Ford in Hampshire.

Springhead Trust celebrates the ash tree

Post date: Tue, 10/10/2017 - 13:11

Springhead Trust, a rural centre for creative and sustainable living in North Dorset, is organising Ashscape, a project in celebration of the ash tree.

The centre in Fontmell Magna near Salisbury, hopes to raise awareness of the remarkable roles ash trees have played in the development of society since the Bronze Age and the likely effect of ash dieback disease. A number of events will be open to the public:

Can you open your garden for Hospiscare?

Post date: Mon, 09/10/2017 - 13:48

Can you open your garden next year for one of the most popular Devon charities? Hospiscare Open Gardens has just completed a successful open gardens season and is now asking gardeners throughout Exeter, Mid and East Devon to share their gardens, large and small. Hospiscare Open Gardens has become a popular annual event.

Open Gardens 2018 is already underway and Hospiscare is looking for gardens of all sizes and styles to join in and raise funds for patients and their families. If you want to open your garden you will be supported by help and ideas from a community fundraiser.

Pippa Greenwood lectures in Torquay

Post date: Mon, 09/10/2017 - 13:44

Torquay and District Horticultural Society will welcome popular garden broadcaster and writer Pippa Greenwood on Wednesday, 25th October for The Cecil Heard Lecture.

Pippa’s talk is entitled ‘Greener Gardening’, looking closely at predators and biological controls for use in the garden together with a host of ways to outwit the pests.

The evening takes place at the Livermead House Hotel, Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 6QJ and starts at 7.30pm.

More details on 01803 556553 www.ths.btck.co.uk

Identifying birds and their songs

Post date: Mon, 09/10/2017 - 13:31

Wondering how to tell the call of a blackbird from a blue tit? There’s the chance to join bird expert Ed Drewitt and learn how to identify local birds and their songs living in the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust woodlands near Wotton Under Edge.

Throughout the day on Saturday, 14th October from 10am to 4pm, a mixture of indoor and outdoor tuition will give the opportunity to learn a variety of common woodland birds.

The wonder of trees – through artists eyes

Post date: Mon, 09/10/2017 - 13:29

Trees are the largest plants on earth and some of the oldest. Bath Society of Botanical Painters has taken up the daunting challenge of capturing their strong forms and delicate beauty in their exhibition The Amazing World of Trees which will be on display from Thursday, 5th October to Monday, 23rd at Bath Royal Literary and Scientifi c Institute, Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN.

Apple days at Hellens Manor

Post date: Mon, 09/10/2017 - 13:26

There are Big Apple days to be enjoyed on Saturday, 14th and Sunday, 15th October at Hellens House and Gardens, the beautiful historic house in Much Marcle, Herefordshire.

Over the two days there are special events and talks. Tours of Hellens will also be available on both days of the Big Apple at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm each day. Tickets at the usual price from the tearoom which will be serving cakes and wonderful soups throughout. Admission charge to Hellens site applies.

Hellens Manor, Ledbury HR8 2LY.

Taunton MP backs gardening incentive

Post date: Thu, 28/09/2017 - 10:50

Taunton MP Rebecca Pow is at the forefront of a campaign to put gardening at the heart of Government policy making.

Rebecca, a former BBC and ITV reporter who specialised in the environment, farming and gardening - wrote in a 56 page report report: “Gardens, gardening, and horticultural skills can have a striking effect on our communities.

“Getting more people gardening is a truly holistic, cross departmental, high impact policy.”

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