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Auction of over 20,000 trees and shrubs at Dulford Nurseries

Post date: Wed, 22/11/2017 - 14:31

After nearly 40 years Dulford Nurseries in Cullompton, Devon are closing the gates for the final time in December this year. The nursery was open until 17th November. They then shut in preparation for an auction of all remaining stock on Saturday 2nd December, starting at 10am. Everything must go - over 20,000 trees and shrubs and the nursery equipment and machinery.

Open day delights at Niwaki tools

Post date: Thu, 09/11/2017 - 12:53

Niwaki, the worldwide supplier of tripod ladders, fine pruning tools and other gardening tools from Japan have a special open day on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th of November. Niwaki Open House, open from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 2pm on Sunday is the perfect opportunity to see the entire range of secateurs, pruning shears, woodworking tools, Japanese kitchen knives as well as the legendary three legged trip ladders. The Japanese tools are becoming increasingly popular with gardeners and the open day offers the chance to add them to your Christmas gift list.

Deer at dawn walk at Corfe Castle

Post date: Tue, 10/10/2017 - 13:38

One of the most memorable autumn sights is seeing deer in the early morning.

On Saturday, 14th October NT Corfe Castle is hosting a ‘Deer at Dawn’ guided walk to spot Purbeck’s largest mammals in the wild.

You will be able to learn how the deer influence our landscape and get a close look at how numbers are monitored. Booking is essential on 0344 249 1895.

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

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

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.


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