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Community Gardens


Entry Criteria: 

Dobbies’ colleagues are passionate about gardens and plants, championing garden living all year round to create experiences that bring people and communities together 

Entries for Dobbies Community Gardens are open until 8 April 2024. Entries can be completed by someone involved in the project or a supporter 

All forms should be completed by someone who is over 18 


  • Strength of entry – what is the project and why does it need our support? 

  • Practicality – is this a project where we can make a difference to the people and community? 

  • Any additional things that need to be considered for this project 

Scoring system:
4 points – excellent
3 points – very good
2 points – good
1 point – poor
Zero points – unsatisfactory


All submissions will be reviewed by the relevant local store team, who will assess the written submission. Using the scoring system outlined, one winner will be selected for each of Dobbies’ 77 stores, if possible. The winners will be supported with products and advice, as well as volunteer hours provided by store colleagues. No cash donations will be made 

The judges' decision on the winning projects will be the final decision 

The winning projects may be verified with an arranged call to confirm all supplied details are correct

Winners will be announced at Dobbies’ free Grow How session on Saturday 4 May at 10:30am

Terms & Conditions: 

  • This is open to all community and charity groups with an indoor or outdoor space 

  • Must be a garden project that requires gardening equipment and advice 

  • Not open to Dobbies’ colleagues or their immediate family 

  • No cash donations or cash equivalent will be given  

  • An adult over the age of 18 must complete the nomination form 

  • Closing date is 8 April 2024. Entries after this date will not be accepted 

  • Entrants must be UK residents and the area nominated must be in the UK – must be within 20 miles of a Dobbies’ store and 5 miles of a little dobbies  

  • Only one entry per project will be accepted 

  • Winners will be asked to take part in promotional activities related to the competition. This will include being named and or being photographed to appear in press publications 

  • All winners will be asked to submit images of their project space. By providing your project images, you grant permission to Dobbies an exclusive license to reproduce the images for all marketing purposes. You also grant permission for photography when the projects are complete 

  • Where images or photos appear in the press or on social media, Dobbies cannot be held responsible for errors and omissions 

  • Photographs supporting the winning projects must have been taken within competition and project period