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About Dobbies

It all started in 1865 with James Dobbie who created a business selling seeds. He named it Dobbie & Co. The company went on to build up a customer base and started opening garden centres that fast became a go-to destination.

A new turning point in the business came in 2019 with the acquisition of 37 stores, more than doubling our national footprint. We are UK’s leading garden centre retailer with 73 centres nationwide.

Our smallest store is little dobbies Clifton and the largest is Morpeth at 18,973sqm.

Dobbies is not your average garden centre; we exist to enrich people’s lives and nurture connections between people, the community and the environment. Dobbies offer carefully considered ranges in-store and online, high quality services, great restaurants and cafes as well as engaging experiences.

Dobbies is proud to be part of the #TerraCarta from HRH Prince of Wales’ Sustainable Markets Initiative.

Quick facts

  • Founded by James Dobbie in 1865
  • We are the largest garden centre operator in the UK with 73 stores nationwide
  • We are privately owned by Midlothian Capital Partners Limited and Hattington Capital LLP
  • We currently employ around 4000 Team Members

Press releases


First London little dobbies opens

Dobbies Garden Centres, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, today (Thursday 8 July) opens its first London-based little dobbies.


Plan for Jobs: Environment Minister visits Dobbies Garden Centre

Environment Minister Rebecca Pow visits Dobbies Garden Centre in London to hear how they are creating jobs and planting for our planet


Dobbies brings forward peat-free target to 2021

Dobbies, the UK’s largest garden centre retailer, confirms that it will be peat-free in six months, in relation to bagged compost, bringing forward the original target of 2022.  


Trial launched for UK’s first compost packaging recycling scheme

Waste-aware gardeners will now be able to recycle compost packaging thanks to a trial scheme from the country’s biggest garden retailer. 


Boost for UK wildlife with new peat-free compost

Dobbies Garden Centres has launched a new peat-free compost containing John Innes standard material. It will be the first own-brand product of its type in the UK. 

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Dobbies relaunches ‘Helping Your Community Grow’

Dobbies has announced the relaunch of its landmark community support initiative, Helping Your Community Grow.


Dobbies celebrates National Children’s Gardening Week with refreshed Little Seedlings and Ambassador launch

Dobbies has announced the online relaunch of its much-loved Little Seedlings Club, to support and celebrate National Children’s Gardening Week.  


Bloomin Amazing™ lands at Dobbies

Dobbies Garden Centres has announced that it is stocking Bloomin Amazing™, an organic and environmentally friendly soil enricher.

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Dobbies welcomes peat-free deadlines

Dobbies Garden Centres welcomes the announcements from DEFRA and the HTA identifying proposed deadlines for retailers to be peat-free. 


Dobbies announces second Northern Ireland store

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, announces plans for a second store in Northern Ireland, located at The Junction Retail and Leisure Park.


Two London locations announced for little dobbies

Dobbies Garden Centres, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, today (Wednesday 12 May) announces the next two little dobbies stores that will open this year: Chiswick High Road and Westbourne Grove.


Dobbies springs forward with opening of 71st store

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, today (Friday 30 April) opens its 71st store, located in Boston Lincolnshire.


Dobbies teams up with Butterfly Conservation in its latest podcast episode

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, has launched the latest episode of its popular podcast, this time in collaboration with Butterfly Conservation to hear more about its ‘Nurture for Nature’ campaign.


Sustainable Dobbies

The UK’s leading garden centre retailer, Dobbies Garden Centres, demonstrates its support for the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) National Gardening Week (26 April – 2 May) with the launch of new sustainable products and the start of its #sustainabledobbies campaign.


Dobbies acquires Johnsons Garden Centre

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, has announced the acquisition of Johnsons Garden Centre (Johnsons) located in Boston, Lincolnshire. This takes the total number of Dobbies stores to 71.


Dobbies partners with Butterfly Conservation

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, has teamed up with UK wildlife charity, Butterfly Conservation, as the official partner for their Nurture for Nature campaign, in a bid to encourage people to look after themselves by looking after the natural world this spring.

Dobbies announces ‘Not Your Average Gardener’ awards to find UK’s best gardeners

Dobbies announces ‘Not Your Average Gardener’ awards to find UK’s best gardeners

Dobbies has announced the launch of its first-ever ‘Not Your Average Gardener’ awards, to find the UK’s best and most dedicated gardeners.

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little dobbies opens its doors in Bristol

Dobbies Garden Centres, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, has opened a brand new format store in Bristol – little dobbies.

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Dobbies launches virtual events to get UK gardens blooming this Spring

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, has announced a programme of exclusive virtual events this Spring, to help gardeners of all ages and abilities take their green spaces to the next level.

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Dobbies Swansea reopens

Following updated guidance from the Welsh Government that garden centres may open, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, Dobbies Garden Centres, has reopened.

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Dobbies teams up with the RSPB for latest podcast episode

Dobbies Garden Centres has teamed up with the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, the RSPB, to release its latest podcast episode.


Annual Report and Financial Statements

Dobbies Garden Centres Group Limited (the “Group”) has filed the Annual Report and Financial Statements for the Group and its subsidiaries. These accounts are for the 53 weeks to 1 March 2020.


Dobbies partner with Too Good To Go in a bid to tackle food waste

The UK’s leading garden centre retailer, Dobbies, has partnered with surplus food app, Too Good To Go, in a bid to combat food waste across its stores.


Dobbies teams up with Teenage Cancer Trust to thank local heroes this Christmas

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, has teamed up with Teenage Cancer Trust to give local heroes across the UK a Christmas to remember.


Dobbies raises £1million for Teenage Cancer Trust

Dobbies Gardren Centres has hit a major fundraising milestone, raising £1million for UK-wide charity, Teenage Cancer Trust.


Dobbies launch new format store in Scotland’s capital

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer announces the development of its first small format store – Little Dobbies.


Dobbies builds partnership with Stroke Association

Dobbies has announced its support for the Stroke Association; a charity which provides specialist support and funds critical research for people affected by stroke.


Dobbies and Sainsbury’s launch grocery partnership

Dobbies Garden Centres announces an exclusive wholesale partnership with Sainsbury’s to bring a range of high quality food and grocery products to its centres.


Media enquiries

For all media enquiries between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, please email pressoffice@dobbies.com

Or call 07554 668 087

For urgent press enquiries relating corporate or trade media please contact:

Sam Griffith, 07714 934569 

Stewart Argo, 07593 548488 

Steph Clark, 07397 899632 


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