Ecologist wins prize for wildlife friendly garden

Ecologist Simon Beadles pictured in his award-winning garden

LYME Regis resident Simon Beadles recently won a prize for his garden, having completely transformed it with native trees and plants to encourage local wildlife.

Simon, an ecologist who lives in Staples Terrace, won third prize in the sustainable wildlife category of Magna Housing Association’s annual gardening competition, in which three Lyme Regis gardeners won awards from a total of 67 competitors across Dorset and Somerset.

Simon’s garden consists of purely native trees, shrubs, roses and wild flowers. Since it was last photographed in July 2016, it now has in excess of 30 different species of wild flora, complimented by rustic-style decorations.

Amongst the collection, Simon (pictured in his garden) has recently acquired a very rare native soft shield fern, a subspecies called ploystichum setiferum (plumosum).

The ancestor of this lime green fern, with a damson coloured stem, disappeared from a lane bank at Hawkchurch on the Devon/Dorset border in 1876, in order to pass into the hands of a local fern enthusiast, a Dr Willis.

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