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WILDLIFE FRIENDLY GARDENING

Organised by Dorset Wildlife Trust, the Wildlife Friendly Gardening Competition is an annual scheme, which we are very proud to sponsor. Open to gardeners of all ages in Dorset, the competition celebrates those who create wildlife havens in their gardens no matter how big or small their outdoor space.

Enter the Wildlife Friendly Gardening Competition

COMMUNITY

Fostering strong relationships with the local community is considered part of daily life at each of our garden centres and we take great pleasure in supporting local groups, charities and businesses to raise awareness of their fantastic initiatives.

GARDEN CLUBS

We work closely with local garden clubs and horticultural societies, regularly visiting for talks and flower shows, as well as hosting special events at our garden centres. Back in 2016, co-founder, Mike Burks launched the Flower Show Forum, pulling together the expertise of professional organisations and flower show organisers to identify ways to keep the traditional flower show alive and well.

GREEN INITIATIVES

Solar panels, air source heat pumps and biomass heating, as well as tanks collecting rain water, are among the eco-friendly initiatives at all three of our garden centres. We also collect cardboard from other local businesses to recycle or reuse in the garden centres, helping tackle the problem of waste as a community and collectively reduce the amount that ends up on landfill.

EDUCATION

We all have a responsibility to nurture our little patch of earth, no matter how big or small, in order to look after the environment and the wildlife within it. Passing our skills and knowledge to the next generation is vital, so we are always delighted to provide seeds, tools and expertise for school gardening projects.

Get in touch to discuss your gardening project.

THE GREEN SHED

Run by Tricuro and based at Castle Gardens, The Green Shed provides work opportunities for adults with learning difficulties. The Green Shed’s clients spend their days making kindling and other wooden items using recycled wood, which are sold at Castle Gardens to support the running of this vital community resource.

The Gold Club

Local gardening clubs and horticultural societies can join The Gold Club to enjoy benefits like in store discounts, free expert talks and much more.

FREE TALKS

Book a free talk from one of our experts at your group meeting, on a subject of your choice.

GARDEN CENTRE VISITS

Organise an afternoon or exclusive evening visit to one of our garden centres for 15 – 25 of your members and enjoy a short talk, refreshments and a 25% discount on purchases.

BULK ORDER DISCOUNTS

Available to members during January with our special order forms for sundry goods, such as compost.

VOUCHERS

Discounts on seeds, seed potatoes, young plants and seedlings during January and February, with offers on spring bulbs and over wintering onions and shallots come summer.

NEWSLETTER

Stay up to date with events, talks and offers with our regular newsletter distributed to your club secretary.

SUPPORT

Where possible, we’re always happy to help with special projects, like preparing for RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

SHOW STATIONERY

Free show cards and stationery for your flower show.

Membership: £80.00 per year (1 February to 31 January)
Request an application form thegoldclub@thegardensgroup.co.uk