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Cultivation Street success for Dobbies Community Champion

15 September, 2016

Zoe Stanmore, Community Champion at Dobbies Southport, has been awarded 2nd prize for the ‘Industry Ambassador of the Year’ award from Cultivation Street supported by National Garden Gift Vouchers. The competition celebrates community gardening up and down the country, and the ambassadors who help people make it happen.

Zoe was nominated for the award for her incredible project with her Little Seedlings Club. Realising that many of the children that come along to the club don’t have a garden at home, she worked tirelessly to transform an unloved area of the store’s ground so that it could be used by the club both during class and in their own time. She got the kids involved in the renovation wherever possible, and the once derelict plot of land is now host to a fruit, vegetable and wildlife area - compete with bug hotel, log pile and wildflowers to bug hunt in.

Zoe said: “I was so surprised to hear that I came 2nd in the ambassador award and am really overwhelmed. In my role as community champion and garden centre ambassador I work hard to help community groups get into gardening and I’ve worked with some wonderful people. It’s amazing to be recognised for this.”

David Domoney, TV gardener and founder of Cultivation Street comments: “Her passion for passing on knowledge and encouraging others is a credit to garden centres.”

Not only did Dobbies receive recognition in the ambassador awards, the garden centre chain also had a member of the head office team on the judging panel. Kate Cheesman from Dobbies’ Communications team was asked to be a judge for Cultivation Street’s awards (of course excluding the industry ambassador category) – and was delighted to take up the position.

Kate said: “It was a real honour to join David and other industry representatives, including the HTA and The Princes Trust on the judging panel for Cultivation Street at The Sunday Mirror. Dobbies is passionate about the gardens we support in our communities with our dedicated Community Champions, so it was really wonderful to see such a high standard of projects across the country.”

Kate adds: “The schools category really stood out for me, seeing teenagers from St Gregory’s Catholic Science College engaged in gardening and passing on what they’ve learnt to young children from other schools is really inspiring. The regional awards were really impressive too and I can’t wait to see how Woodlands Community Garden in Glasgow takes their garden to the next level with their well-deserved prize money.”  

For more information on Dobbies Community programme visit: /about-dobbies/dobbies-in-the-community/

For more information on David Domoney’s Cultivation Street visit:

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Cultivation Street success for Dobbies Community Champion