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Community Involvement Award Won by Dobbies

23 February, 2017

Dobbies Garden Centres has been applauded at the 2017 Garden Retail Awards for its inspiring community efforts.

Dobbies scooped up the Community Involvement Award for its varied community programme, through which the leading retailer helps local communities and raises money for charity.

Through Dobbies’ ‘Helping Your Community Grow’ scheme, the company donates gardening equipment, plants and outdoor products and gives advice in planting and developing perfect outdoor spaces for community groups. 

Along with donating product and offering advice, Dobbies fundraises throughout the year in all of its stores for both local and national charities. Last year, Dobbies collected over £77,800 for local charity partners through some amazing fundraising events as well as the donation of the 5p carrier bag fund.

During the Christmas period, all stores come together to raise money for a national charity that supports families in all areas where stores are located. Over last Christmas, Dobbies raised an incredible amount of over £167,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust.

To inspire the future generation to get into gardening children are invited along to Dobbies’ ‘Little Seedlings Club’ once a month. The club is a fun and engaging way for youngsters to learn about plants, wildlife and the environment.

John Cleland, CEO at Dobbies Garden Centres said: “It is a real honour for us to be recognised for our community work at these industry awards. I am extremely proud of all of our colleagues who go the extra mile to help local causes.  The incredible amounts we raised last year really show how dedicated our stores are to raising as much money as they can for charities we support.

“Gardening is a fantastic way for groups to come together which our Helping Your Community Grow promotes; whether it’s a school allotment or hospice garden, and seeing our Little Seedling Club members enjoy learning about the garden and getting stuck in is a real pleasure too.”

This year’s Garden Retail Awards were held in Covent Garden, London and presented by comedian Jo Caulfield. Scott Provan and Richard Egerton, both plant buyers at Dobbies, picked up the award on behalf of the company. 

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