Dobbies launches nationwide competition for community gardens

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// Dobbies is asking shoppers to vote for their favourite local community gardening project
// The winning projects will receive support, products and equipment from their local Dobbies store

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, is asking residents throughout the country to vote for their favourite local community gardening project to win funding.

A shortlist of deserving community projects have been chosen by team members for Helping Your Community Grow, Dobbies’ landmark community support initiative.

The scheme which launched earlier this year aims to work with existing groups to create new or revamped green spaces around the UK.


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The shortlists in each store were chosen because they best represent an opportunity to create an enhanced green space that will benefit the community, but the final decision is now in the hands of local residents, who are encouraged to have their say and vote for their favourite on the Dobbies website.

Dobbies chief executive Graeme Jenkins said: “Through Helping Your Community Grow, we are delighted to be supporting so many gardening projects in the areas around our stores. It’s a landmark initiative for us and we are proud to be helping so many community projects across the country create green spaces that benefit their local areas.

“The teams at our Dobbies’ stores understand the needs of their neighbourhoods and have chosen deserving projects for each area that the local communities can now choose from. We’re very much looking forward to seeing the results of the public vote, and we’re excited to help the winning projects achieve their aims in the months to come.”

The winning projects will receive support, products and equipment from their local Dobbies store, to help them create a green space that the local community can be proud of.

The project with the most votes, from all areas across the UK, will be the national winner and receive additional support.

The public vote which is now live will close on August 29 and the winners will be announced in September.

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