Dobbies Community Gardens

The garden centre chain, Dobbies is offering support for community and charity groups to help transform, restore or start their indoor or outdoor green spaces.

Dobbies - Community Planting 1 SA: Dobbies - Community Planting All images © Stewart Attwood
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Committed to assisting local communities, Dobbies launches Dobbies Community Gardens and is inviting nominations from the public for community projects requiring gardening knowledge and inspiration – indoors or outdoors. Applications for the scheme are now open.

Each Dobbies’ store will select a project to support from the nominations put forward. The winning groups will receive products, tools and plants to help bring their community space to life during a personal-shopper session with a dedicated Dobbies’ colleague. In addition to this, there will be volunteer hours allocated to help bring the project to fruition.Successful applicants will receive support over the year to keep their indoor or outdoor space blooming.

Nick Anderson, Dobbies’ Operations Director, is looking forward to hearing from groups across the country. He said: “There are so many brilliant community groups near our stores – from schools and nurseries, to In Bloom Groups and charities, and even local sports teams. Our store colleagues are ready to take on a fresh challenge for this year and we want to hear from groups right across the UK who would benefit from our support. If anyone knows of a community group that has a garden living project in need of our help, please encourage them to enter.”

Applications are now open and taking part couldn’t be easier. Those entering must be located within 20 miles of a Dobbies store or five miles of a little dobbies store. For more information about how to get involved in Dobbies Community Gardens, visit Dobbies Community Gardens.

Nominated projects will be invited along to their local store for the free Grow How session on Saturday 4 May, 10.30am, and the winner will be announced. The winning team for each store will meet the Dobbies’ colleagues that will support them throughout the project.