Dobbies announces ‘Helping Your Community Grow’ winners across the UK

Noadswood School Community Garden takes National Winner title

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, has announced 69 winners across the UK for Helping Your Community Grow, who will all receive support from their local store.

The landmark community support initiative aims to make local landscapes greener, so that communities from across the UK can enjoy everything the great outdoors has to offer.

The deserving community projects have been chosen by members of the public to receive support from Dobbies’ stores, including products, equipment and team member support, to help create a green space that the whole community can enjoy. There were over 17,000 votes.

Noadswood School Community from Cadnam received the most votes out of all 69 projects taking the title of National Winner. Noadswood School Community Garden are in the process of designing a garden with a landscape gardener on the school grounds which will be a place for students to access throughout the school day. It is going to be tended by students from SEMH unit (social, emotional, mental health) and will be a place of calm away from the commotion of school and a safe space.

Claire Blowers, Chairperson at Noadswood PSA is overjoyed with the news: “We are delighted to be the winners of Helping Your Community Grow. We want to create a safe space for our students that is tranquil and calm. We are excited to get started with our project and with the generous support from Dobbies Garden Centres, we can make this space extra special.”

Graeme Jenkins, CEO of Dobbies, said: “It has been excellent to see so many projects apply for Helping Your Community Grow. We’re thankful for all those who spent the time to tell us about their green space in need of some extra love and care, and those members of the public who helped us choose the winning projects for all 69 stores.

“We hope that through our support and advice we can help the winning projects create a community space that can be enjoyed by all. We’re excited to follow each and every one of their journeys and watch the spaces flourish and grow.”

For more details on Dobbies’ Helping Your Community Grow visit: https://www.dobbies.com/helping-your-community-grow

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