Dobbies Garden Centre helps Swindon blossom this spring with free seeds

By Jessica Durston - 27 March 2023

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  • Image credit - Stewart Attwood

    Image credit - Stewart Attwood

Dobbies is partnering with BBC Radio 2 by handing out 1,000 free packets of seeds at its Swindon store from 27 March to encourage residents to brighten up their green spaces this spring.

The garden centre chain says there will be a total of 75,000 seed packets given out across the UK.

It’s part of the BBC’s Let It Grow initiative, aiming to inspire new growers, both young and old, to discover the joy of planting and growing, and encourage them to turn grey spaces into wild and colourful places to help support British wildlife.

Dobbies says it is proud to support the initiative, while also educating on sustainable gardening methods and championing pollinator-friendly seeds. 

Designed for all ages and gardening abilities, Dobbies invites novice gardeners and experts alike to head along to its Swindon store and collect a free packet of seeds to sow this spring.

Spring is a considered a great time in the horticultural diary to get into gardening and a good opportunity to plant bright blooms for the season ahead. Customers can pick up either Calendula, Borage or Nasturtium seeds at Dobbies’ Swindon store which are said to be perfect for a seasonal garden refresh.

Dobbies’ Horticultural Director, Marcus Eyles, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting this fantastic initiative by the BBC. Spring is a great time of year to get gardening and we’re excited to see the nation’s gardens bloom and the wildlife flourish with our free seeds.”

Marcus also shares his top tips for sowing these seeds. 

He said: “Calendula, Borage and Nasturtium are fuss-free plants that are easy to sow and care for and great for injecting some colour to your garden. As we approach the warmer months and the sun heats the ground, it couldn’t be a better time to sow these seeds.

“At Dobbies, we recommend sowing your seeds inside, under a cover or in a greenhouse to maximise the success of germination. Once the seeds have grown to be bushy young plants, and the frosts have finished, then they are ready to be planted into your outdoor pots or borders.”

Thompson & Morgan are supplying the seeds in partnership with Dobbies and customers are encouraged to visit Dobbies’ Swindon store to collect a free packet.

Seeds will be available on a first come, first served basis, from Monday 27 March to Sunday 28 May, while stocks last, from the customer services desk. 

For more information on Let It Grow, members of the public can visit

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