Dobbies Garden Centres support local communities around their stories.
It's community plan is made up of four elements:
Helping Your Community Grow: encouraging our local communities to get growing
Local and National Charity partnerships: supporting and fundraising for Dobbies National Christmas Charity Partner and Dobbies Local Charity Partners (each store supports a local charity partner for the remaining 9 months of the year)
The Dobbies Little Seedlings Club: a free-to-join gardening club teaching children about plants, wildlife and the environment
Events: In-store horticultural and family-fun events
"Helping Your Community Grow" is a national initiative to help local communities develop green spaces and gardens.
The scheme provides funding, assistance and support to community groups, projects, schools and charities located near one of their garden centres.
It has previously supported projects such sensory gardens and vegetable patches for schools, garden makeovers for families in need, window boxes and planting trees at hospices and disability centres.
All local community groups are welcome to apply to Helping Your Community Grow from March – July using the online applications form on the Dobbies website.
Each Dobbies garden centre also support one local charity each financial year.
The elderly, disabled or vulnerable may qualify for help from their local council to maintain their garden.
It is only available if you are physically unable to do the work yourself and if you have no other family or friends who could help you. The service may be chargeable.
Each council is different - some cut grass and hedges others include shrubs and trees. To find out about the services offered by your council the Directgov website has a quick search facility to help you find your local council.
TCV works to create healthier and happier communities for everyone by connecting people and green spaces to deliver lasting outcomes for both.
It operates a Green Gym scheme as an alternative to traditional gym or fitness activities. It aims to improve individuals physical and mental health and wellbeing, by being outdoors, active and social interaction. All sessions are free.
The organisation also offers Health Walks to improve health and wellbeing. Suitable for people recovering from illness or injury, getting little exercise or lacking in confidence and self-esteem.