‘Helping Your Community Grow’ landscape initiative relaunched by Bury St Edmunds garden centre

29 APRIL 2021. DOBBIES GARDEN CENTRES, WAINFLEET ROAD, FISHTOFT, BOSTON. PE21 9RZ Dobbies opens their new Boston garden centre. Operations Manager Becky Lilley helps prepare the displays. PHOTOGRAPH BY RICHARD GRANGE / UNP (United National Photographers).

A relaunch of community support initiative “Helping Your Community Grow” has been carried out by Dobbies garden centre and people are now being encouraged to apply.

Originally introduced by them in 2010, and relaunched with a brand-new look and format for 2021, it aims to make local landscapes greener, so that the community can enjoy everything the great outdoors has to offer.

The initiative will see Dobbies, which has an outlet in Bury St Edmunds, offering products, equipment and support to deserving projects and outdoor spaces in need of a refresh, helping to revitalise the local area..

It aims to deliver at least one project for each of its 69 mainline stores across the UK with each project receiving product and equipment, plus advice and support from the Dobbies’ team.

There will also be opportunities for the community to access small grants from the store throughout 2021, for requests that will brighten up the local area, such as bulbs for a colourful flowerbed, or even a communal Christmas tree to bring a sparkle to the festive season.

Whether it’s a civic space, school vegetable patch or even a memorial garden, the community is invited to apply for support from “Helping Your Community Grow” now via dobbies.com

All submissions will then be sent to the store, to be reviewed and shortlisted by the team.

A shortlist of three will be open to a public vote, with people having the opportunity to vote for a project that is important to them. There will be one overall winning project plus a national winner chosen from the nationwide shortlist, who will receive further support.

Graeme Jenkins, CEO of Dobbies, said: “We are passionate about helping the communities around our stores to thrive. ‘Helping Your Community Grow’ is a fantastic initiative that will allow our stores and experts to provide advice, equipment, products and support to projects that directly benefit Suffolk.

“We are looking forward to seeing the applications come in and finding out more about the exciting projects going on. We want to help make our local landscape a little bit greener, benefit people living in the local area and help boost wellbeing with green spaces and gardening projects.”

The criteria for shortlisted projects couldn’t be simpler; eligible projects must benefit a wide group of people in the local community, must be located within 20 miles of Dobbies and must be able to be completed by February 2022.

For more information visit: https://www.dobbies.com/helping-your-community-grow

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