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Dobbies relaunches ‘Helping Your Community Grow’ initiative to support local communities across Kent

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, has announced the relaunch of its landmark community support initiative, Helping Your Community Grow.

Originally introduced by Dobbies in 2010, and relaunched with a brand-new look and format for 2021, Helping Your Community Grow aims to make local landscapes greener, so that the Kent community can enjoy everything the great outdoors has to offer. The initiative will see Dobbies offering products, equipment and support to deserving projects and outdoor spaces in need of a refresh, helping to revitalise the local area surrounding Dobbies’ Ashford and Gillingham stores.

Dobbies aims to deliver at least one project for each of its 69 mainline stores across the UK, including the Ashford and Gillingham stores, with each project receiving product and equipment, plus advice and support from the Dobbies’ team. There will also be opportunities for the Kent community to access small grants from the local Ashford or Gillingham Dobbies stores throughout 2021, for requests that will brighten up the local area, such as bulbs for a colourful flowerbed, or even a communal Christmas tree to bring a sparkle to the festive season.

Whether it’s a civic space, school vegetable patch or even a memorial garden, the Kent community is invited to apply for support from Helping Your Community Grow now via dobbies.com. All submissions will then be sent to the Ashford and Gillingham Dobbies stores, to be reviewed and shortlisted by the team who understand the needs of their neighbourhood. A shortlist of three will be open to a public vote, with the Kent community having the opportunity to vote for a project that is important to them. There will be one overall winning project from each store area, plus a national winner chosen from the nationwide shortlist, who will receive further support.

Graeme Jenkins, CEO of Dobbies, said: “At Dobbies, we are passionate about helping the communities around our stores to thrive. Helping Your Community Grow is a fantastic initiative that will allow our Ashford and Gillingham stores and experts to provide advice, equipment, products and support to projects that directly benefit Kent. We are looking forward to seeing the applications come in and finding out more about the exciting projects going on across Kent. We want to help make our local landscape a little bit greener, benefit people living in the local area and help boost wellbeing with green spaces and gardening projects.”

29 APRIL 2021. DOBBIES GARDEN CENTRES, WAINFLEET ROAD, FISHTOFT, BOSTON. PE21 9RZ
Dobbies opens their new Boston garden centre.
Operations Manager Becky Lilley helps prepare the displays.
PHOTOGRAPH BY RICHARD GRANGE / UNP (United National Photographers).

29 APRIL 2021. DOBBIES GARDEN CENTRES, WAINFLEET ROAD, FISHTOFT, BOSTON. PE21 9RZ
Dobbies opens their new Boston garden centre.
Operations Manager Becky Lilley helps prepare the displays.
PHOTOGRAPH BY RICHARD GRANGE / UNP (United National Photographers).

The criteria for shortlisted projects couldn’t be simpler; eligible projects must benefit a wide group of people in the local community, must be located within 20 miles of a Dobbies store, and must be able to be completed by February 2022.

Applications for Helping Your Community Grow are now open.

For more information visit: https://www.dobbies.com/helping-your-community-grow

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