Applications now open for free community lecture

Neil Lucas, a trustee of the Knoll Gardens Foundation and owner of Knoll Gardens, together with Nicky Hoar, Community Conservation Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust. DWT recently hosted this year’s lecture at the Allendale Centre in Wimborne.
Neil Lucas, a trustee of the Knoll Gardens Foundation and owner of Knoll Gardens, together with Nicky Hoar, Community Conservation Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust. DWT recently hosted this year’s lecture at the Allendale Centre in Wimborne.

Applications are now being taken to host the Knoll Gardens Foundation Annual Community Lecture. Open to any Dorset-based community organisation with an interest in gardens, conservation and wildlife, the free lecture is an annual highlight of the work of Knoll Gardens Foundation, a Wimborne-based horticultural charity that provides practical advice and guidance on how to garden responsibly without sacrificing beauty.

The lecture is presented free-of-charge by charity trustee, Neil Lucas, an internationally acknowledged horticultural expert and owner of Knoll Gardens.

Neil holds ten Chelsea Gold Medals, is the author of the best-selling book ‘Designing with Grasses’ and has been a Council Member at the RHS since 2012. He is in great demand as a speaker and lectures widely both in the UK and overseas. Interested groups can choose one of three lecture topics to best suit their audience, and the charity’s trustees will select the organisation to host the 2020 lecture based on information provided in a simple application form. Normally costing over £500 plus expenses, the presentation will be delivered, completely free-of-charge, to the chosen Dorset-based community organisation at a mutually agreed date.

Dorset Wildlife Trust were the recipients of the 2019 lecture held at the Allendale Centre in Wimborne on 27 April. Over 100 people enjoyed Neil’s illustrated lecture on Plants, Gardens and Wildlife before gleaning further practical advice during a fascinating Wildlife Gardeners’ Question Time with experts from Dorset Wildlife Trust.

More information and application forms for the 2020 Knoll Gardens Foundation Annual Community Lecture can be found  at www.knollgardensfoundation.org  or email foundation@knollgardens.co.uk.

Completed applications must be received by 31 August 2019.

 

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