Winners of Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife Friendly Gardening Competition 2019 with Dr George McGavin, who presented the awards.

Dorset’s most wildlife friendly gardeners were revealed at Castle Gardens on Thursday 25 July, during Dorset Wildlife Trust’s 10th annual Wildlife Friendly Gardening Competition awards ceremony, which is sponsored by The Gardens Group. The awards scheme reached more gardeners than ever before this year with a record-breaking 73 gardens judged, as the Wildlife Friendly Gardening Competition linked up with Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Get Dorset Buzzing Campaign, a free initiative helping gardeners of all levels to encourage more wildlife into their gardens.

Wildlife Friendly Gardening Competition 2019 results
Large gardens
First place: Clare Cavanagh, Bridport
Second place: Valerie Baker, Wimborne
Third place: Phillipa Bush, Dorchester

Medium gardens
First place: Jacqui Warder, Puddletown
Second place: Tony Gale, East Burton
Third place: Jeremy Powne, Dorchester

Small gardens
First place: Penny Smith, Swanage
Second place: Amy Namock, Wimborne
Third place: Carole Irving, Maiden Newton
Highly commended: Denise Montague, Blandford Forum

Community gardens
First place: Vanessa Henman, St Nicholas & St Laurence School, Weymouth
Second place: Mark Horsford, Michael House, Bournemouth
Third place: Jim Gardner, Poole
Highly Commended: Rob Clarke, The Mead Wildlife Area, Spetisbury
Highly Commended: Stuart and Jo, Bloomfield Camping, Blandford Forum