After months of judging, Dorset’s most wildlife friendly gardens were announced at Castle Gardens last night. This year 41 keen gardeners entered including schools, museums and individuals from right across the county.

The Judges, which included Dorset Wildlife Trust president, Tony Bates MBE, have been visiting gardens around Dorset since May and it is safe to say the bar continues to be raised. This year extra marks were given to gardeners who provide a particularly inviting haven for pollinating insects.

Before the awards were announced, Dr David Aplin, director of Botanical Values, gave a fascinating talk about the weird and wonderful world of plants that partner with other organisms, including bacteria and fungi.

It’s fantastic to see so many gardeners taking wildlife into consideration and creating some truly inspiring wildlife havens.