Preston residents are encouraged to help find their favorite local community gardening project

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Residents of Preston are being asked to vote for their favorite local community gardening project to receive support from Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden center retailer.


Three deserving community projects in Preston have been chosen by members of the Preston Dobbies store team to be shortlisted for Helping Your Community Grow, Dobbies’ historic community support initiative.

The scheme, launched last month, aims to work with existing groups to create 69 new or redeveloped green spaces across the UK, one for each of its main stores.

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Preston’s three projects have been shortlisted as they best represent an opportunity to create improved green space that will benefit the region, but the final choice now rests with local residents as they are encouraged to speak up and vote for their favorite on the Dobbies website.

The three local projects vying for votes in Preston are Freckleton Lodge Care Home, Galloway Society for Blind and Kirkland and Catterall Primary School.

Kirkland and Catterall Primary School is home to an after school gardening club, Catterall in Bloom, which local children love. The club needs tools to help clear the three raised beds, which are currently filled with heavy soil and weeds, and plant vegetables and flower seeds.

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Raised beds are great for key first stage children and also those who have disabilities and may be in wheelchairs, and this after school gardening club could allow all children of all abilities to participate in the culture foods such as potatoes, carrots and onions. to make a delicious soup this fall term.

The Galloway Society for the Blind hopes to add a scented area to its grounds for all visually impaired people to visit and enjoy. To make this possible, the company is hoping for a donation of beautifully scented plants to bring this fragrant garden to life.

Freckleton Lodge Care Home caters to residents with reduced mobility, where many spend their days gazing at the gardens. The Freckleton Lodge team would like to provide residents and staff with a great view from every room, and to do that they need bright and colorful plants that will attract wildlife. In addition to plants, the retirement home wants to attract birds to the gardens with bird feeders.

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Graeme Jenkins, CEO of Dobbies, said: “Through Helping Your Community Grow, Dobbies is delighted to support so many gardening projects in the areas around our stores. This is a historic initiative for us and we are so proud to help so many community projects across the country create green space that benefits their area.

“The team at our Preston Dobbies store understands the needs of their neighborhood and have chosen three extremely deserving projects to choose from for the Preston community. We can’t wait to hear the results of the public vote, and we’re excited to help the winning project achieve its goals in the months ahead.

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The winning Preston project will receive support from Dobbies, including products, equipment and even support from the Preston Dobbies store staff team, to help them create a green space that the local community can be proud of. The project with the most votes, from any region in the UK, will be the national winner and will receive further support from Dobbies.

Public voting is now live and will end on August 29. The winners will be announced in September.

Votes can be cast here.

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