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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 70 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 70 stores nationwide
  • We are privately owned by Midlothian Capital Partners Limited and Hattington Capital LLP
  • We currently employ around 4000 Team Members

Press releases

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Paid media and advertising queries should be directed to MediaCom: sheona.robertson@mediacom.com

If you need to contact us for any other reason please call our customer service team on 0131 5616406 or email the team via our contact us page.



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