Garden centre chain Dobbies has announced the Swindon candidates for its Helping Your Community Grow Initiative.
The firm will help a community project brighten up its green space, and in recent months projects were invited to nominate themselves for support.
The public can now vote for their favourite, and the winner 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.
The Prinnels Resident Association is looking for Dobbies' funding to help create a sustainable future and restorative wildlife garden in their urban environment for the whole community to enjoy. Support would see the group restore their old ponds, protect the wildlife in the surrounding area and attract pollinators.
Nythe Primary and Nursery School is looking for Dobbies' support to set up a new gardening club for children with additional needs and mental health issues. The school's aim is to transform its neglected garden into a place for the children to grow flowers and food, attract wildlife, and to enjoy quiet time in nature.
The school would use the support from Dobbies to get gardening tools as well as bird and bee boxes and a compost bin.
Dobbies’ CEO Graeme Jenkins said: “Helping Your Community Grow is a really popular initiative in Swindon 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.”
In addition to the Swindon 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 16 May, and details can be found at https://www.dobbies.com/helping-your-community-grow