Somerset Wildlife events in July and August – wildflower walks, dragonflies, glow-worms, moths, and much more!
Please note, on rare occasions events may change or be cancelled, so please check our website www.somersetwildlife.org/events before you set out.
For more information about the events and how to book, please go to www.somersetwildlife.org/tww17.
The gardens, spread across the county, as well as being stunning in their own right, each showcase unique features that provide special homes for our best-loved species – from small mammals and pollinators to birds and pond-dwellers. We hope to inspire visitors to take away ideas for things they can do in their own gardens, school playgrounds or office gardens to provide a secure home for wildlife.
While all very different, the gardens have one thing in common – owners who are passionate about their gardens and happy to open them in order to inspire others and to support the Trust’s work. They will be on site, alongside Somerset Wildlife Trust staff, to offer advice and tips as well as delicious tea and cakes for visitors. The entry fee is £4 per adult (free for children aged 16 and under), and all hosts will donate the proceeds to Somerset Wildlife Trust to support its work across the county.
Emma Jones, Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Community Fundraiser, explains, ‘56% of the UK’s species are in decline. Our wildlife need pathways upon which to travel to and through the county in order to feed, breed and find new homes. Our own gardens, whether large or small, in the town or in the country literally act as safe, green stepping stones for this to happen. It’s the little things we do on our own doorsteps that can have a collective impact for wildlife and, while the Somerset Wildlife Gardens showcase the very finest examples of wildlife-friendly gardening, in each of them there are things that we can replicate in our own space.’
SOMERSET’S WILDLIFE GARDENS
Sherborne Garden, Litton, Radstock, BA3 4PP
Host: Pamela Southwell
9 July at 13.00–17.00
Model Farm is a beautiful four-acre garden that has been lovingly created in the last seven years. You can explore the wonderful wild flower meadow, stunning flowerbeds and the incredible 700 trees, which have all been planted by the owners on what was once agricultural land. Don’t forget to find the fabulous wildlife pond too. On the day there won’t only be the chance to wander through this amazing garden, but you can explore the plant sale, display of vintage engines and local cider-makers, as well as get involved in croquet on the lawn.
The Miller’s House, Nunney, Nr Frome, BA11 4NP
Host: Caroline Toll