Helping Your Community Grow initiative to give boost to Preston project

Posted on - 28th April, 2022 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Charities, Lostock Hall, Preston News, Schools, South Ribble News
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This spring, Dobbies garden centre will be helping a Preston community project with its Helping Your Community Grow initiative.


In recent months, community projects were invited to nominate themselves for support and now a shortlist has been selected by local team members.

People in Preston now have the chance to vote for their favourite project.

The winning project will then receive advice, products and support from their local Dobbies team.

Sustainable products, such as peat-free compost and recycled pots, will be use wherever possible.

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Caritas Care Special Needs Charity Day Care Centre would like the Dobbies initiative to transform its garden with new equipment and plants to attract wildlife and add colour.

Lostock Hall Academy Gardening Club is looking for help in restoring its allotment after several years of decline and would value the garden centre’s expertise and guidance on growing plants and vegetables, as well as encouraging wildlife into the allotment. They would also like to create a quiet garden space where students can go to reflect.

Dobbies CEO, Graeme Jenkins, said: “Helping Your Community Grow is a really popular initiative in Preston and we’ve seen a great response from community groups and projects looking to make a difference to their local area.

“It’s been positive to see so many projects place importance on sustainability and environmentally-friendly products.

“Now the community voting gets underway and we’re looking forward to seeing which projects receive our support.”

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In addition to the Preston winner, the project which receives the most votes across the UK will win the national Helping Your Community Grow title, gaining additional support from Dobbies to deliver their project.

There will be further opportunities for community groups looking to brighten up their local areas. Community groups are invited to contact their local store for details of the community initiatives available on a case-by-case basis.

Voting will remain open until Monday 16 May. For more information on how to register your vote, visit Helping Your Community Grow | Dobbies Garden Centres.

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