Garden centre celebrates National Children’s Gardening Week with the launch of its new ambassador search

Dobbies Garden Centre - Little Seedlings ambassador Ethan Firth. Photo: Matt Bristow

Dobbies’ Bury St Edmunds is kicking off National Children’s Gardening Week (May 27 to June 5) with the launch of a search to find new Little Seedlings Ambassadors.

Across the UK the garden centre is looking for four new ambassadors and the Bury complex is encouraging local families to get involved.

The garden centre will also host a free workshop on the world of bugs on Sunday, June​ 4.

It is looking for eager young gardeners to encourage the younger generation to give gardening a go and do their part for the wildlife and environment around them.

These ambassadors will be the new faces of Dobbies’ free monthly Little Seedlings Club workshops aimed at those aged  four to 10 years.

Successful applicants will get involved in the monthly workshops, write blogs for the website and may even feature on the Dobbies’ podcast.

Entering is easy with budding gardeners invited to apply via where they will complete a short form.

The Brilliant World of Bugs theme for June’s workshop that is set to take place at the Bury St Edmunds centre was chosen by William, aged three, who attends Dobbies’ Carlisle monthly children’s gardening club.

During this free session horticulture experts will teach children how to identify different bugs, including the Allium Leaf Miner and Box Tree Caterpillar, and where to find them. They will also learn how to care for bugs and take part in a craft session creating a butterfly out of a paper plate.

Dobbies’ community and CSR communications executive, Chloe Bell, explained: “We can’t wait to hear from young gardening enthusiasts in Bury St Edmunds. Our Little Seedlings Club is a very popular free session, allowing children to understand, explore, and connect with plants, wildlife, and the environment around them. Ideally, we’re looking for young ambassadors who share a passion for these elements and have the confidence to share this enthusiasm with their peers.

“Our June session, during National Children’s Gardening Week, is a great opportunity for newbies to come along and see what our Little Seedlings Club is all about. We hope to educate children on the fascinating world of garden bugs.”

Advance booking is required to secure a free spot at Dobbies’ June Little Seedlings Club session. For more information on how children can participate visit Seedlings.

Applying to become a Little Seedlings Ambassador couldn’t be easier. Applicants will complete a short form at explaining why they would like to become a Little Seedlings Ambassador, as well as providing a photograph of themselves. Guardians can do this on the child’s behalf and applications are open from May 26 to June 16.

For more information about how to get involved in the Little Seedlings Ambassadors, visit Little Seedlings ambassadors | Dobbies Garden Centres

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