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Dobbies announces Helping Your Community Grow shortlist


Voting now opens for Glasgow residents

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre, is helping one community project brighten up their green space in Glasgow with its Helping Your Community Grow initiative.

This spring, Dobbies’ Glasgow store is supporting a sustainable project through its popular initiative. In recent months, community projects in Glasgow were invited to nominate themselves for support and now a shortlist has been selected by local team members. People in Glasgow now have the chance to vote for their favourite project.

The winning project in Glasgow will then receive advice, products and support from their local Dobbies’ team. Sustainable products, such as peat-free compost and recycled pots, will be use wherever possible.

Molendinar Family Learning Centre offers a childcare service for babies and young children. The centre is looking to work with children, families and carers in Blackhill to build their knowledge and understanding of sustainable gardening, with a focus of growing fruit and vegetables. Dobbies’ initiative would provide expert advice and products to get this project started. 

Williamsburgh Early Learning and Childcare Class, located in Paisley, is looking for Dobbies’ support in developing its outdoor play space, with hopes to develop a space for growing fruit and veg, and a sensory garden for the children to enjoy. 

Chatty Crafters Eastfield began in October 2021 with the aim to reach people in the community who were struggling with loneliness by providing a place for everyone to come together, bring their crafts and share skills with one another. Dobbies’ help would allow this project to grow its own produce for members of the community to enjoy, in addition to setting up a wildflower garden to sustainably support the local wildlife. 

Dobbies’ CEO, Graeme Jenkins, said: “Helping Your Community Grow is a really popular initiative in Glasgow and we’ve seen a great response from community groups and projects looking to make a difference to their local area. It’s been positive to see so many projects place importance on sustainability and environmentally-friendly products.

“Now the community voting gets underway and we’re looking forward to seeing which projects receive our support.”

In addition to the Glasgow winner, the project which receives the most votes across the UK will win the national Helping Your Community Grow title, gaining additional support from Dobbies to deliver their project.

There will be further opportunities for community groups looking to brighten up their local areas. Community groups are invited to contact their local store for details of the community initiatives available on a case-by-case basis.

Voting will remain open until 16 May. For more information on how to register your vote, visit Helping Your Community Grow | Dobbies Garden Centres.

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