Wildlife loving gardeners are now invited to enter the fifth annual Dorset Wildlife Trust Wildlife Friendly Garden Competition. If you’ve created a wildlife haven in your garden, then why not enter this year’s competition and share your success with us? Marks are given for wildlife provisions, no matter what size the garden of the garden, there are five categories, including small/patio, medium, large and community, as well as a best improved entry for previous winners. You can pick up an entry form from any one of our garden centres or by emailing Joy Wallis at jwallis@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.

Following the government’s publication of the National Pollinator Strategy this year, judges will be keeping their eyes out for people who are making special provisions for pollinating insects, such as lots of nectar and pollen-rich plants, bee houses and other special habitats, and not to mention keeping records of the pollinators that they see.

All entrants will get feedback and suggestions on how to improve the wildlife friendliness of their gardens and will be invited to the awards ceremony at Castle Gardens on Thursday 30 July. This year we are pleased to announce that our guest speaker will be Dr David Aplin, director of Botanical Values, who will be talking about the weird and wonderful world of plants that partner with other organisms.

The closing date for entering the Wildlife Friendly Garden Competition is Friday 22 May 2015.

Good luck!