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Dobbies kids gardening club members graduate to become mini teaching assistants

20 July, 2016

Two green fingered youngsters from Perth are passing on their skills to the next generation of gardeners as they become “mini teachers” at Dobbies Little Seedlings Gardening Club. Abigail Jakeman (11) and Chloe Rawlings-Lloyd (11) have racked up five years at the store’s club and now, having outgrown the sessions, the pair have been given the exciting opportunity to try their hand at helping teach the workshops.

Throughout their time at the club, Abigail and Chloe learned all about plant and animal life across the British Isles, how to plant and grow a variety of flowers, herbs and vegetables and ways to help out the local community. Both girls showed real talent whilst members of Dobbies Little Seedlings Club, and after leaving, they still expressed a keen enthusiasm for gardening.  The pair were delighted when Dobbies asked if they would like to come along and help host the sessions. During the hour long workshops, the girls get hands on, helping younger children with everything from potting plants to arts and crafts.

Alison Dowe, community champion at Dobbies Perth said: “After spending the last five years with Abigail and Chloe, and seeing them both grow into the wonderful young gardeners they are today, it only felt right that we invite them back to help teach the club. The girls have a real flare for horticulture and we’ve loved nurturing their talent. Now they get to play a part in developing the skills of the next generation of Little Seedlings and the girls are natural teachers so it’s a perfect fit.”

Dobbies Little Seedlings monthly workshops provide an engaging and fun atmosphere for kids to learn all about the wonders of plants, nature, wildlife and the environment. Classes are free to join and are specifically aimed at children aged between four and 11 years.

The Perth branch of the Garden Centre will also be running special summer editions of the Little Seedlings Club. The hour long workshops will run from 11am-12pm on 27th July and 24th August and will be jam packed with stimulating games and activities to help kids discover the wonders of their back garden.

For more information on Dobbies Little Seedlings club in your area, visit /whats-on/little-seedlings/.


Image caption: Alison with Chloe, left, and Abigail.

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