National Gardening Week’s in full swing – and we’re all about encouraging Britain’s gardeners to join forces and grow together. There are some fantastic initiatives that make it easier than ever for gardeners of all levels to get involved in community projects and channel their hobby into something bigger.
Social Farms and Gardens
Dobies are so proud to sponsor Social Farms and Gardens, a charity dedicated to supporting farmers, gardeners and growers who run gardening projects in urban and rural communities.
We’re huge believers in the power of green spaces to transform communities, and we love the fact that the charity helps those inspirational gardeners who make it happen. Growing Better Lives is just one of the community-based initiatives supported by the charity and its ethos is that gardening and outdoor spaces can have a huge impact on mental health and wellbeing.
The Growing Better Lives Local Hero Awards (held earlier this year) recognised just some of the many people across the UK who spend their free time using their skills in the garden to bring people together and improve lives, and we were thrilled to be sponsors.
If you fancy joining one of the local projects in your area, check out the Social Farms and Gardens website to see what you can do to help. You’ll be able to find your nearest group and enjoy gardening for a great cause…what a way to boost your local community!
The Incredible Edible network is another initiative that’s captured our imaginations. The network started a decade ago and has since gone on to inspire more than 100 groups across the globe. Together, those involved work to grow produce wherever they can, educate others in the power of growing their own and to support local ecommerce.
The lovely thing about joining one of the Incredible Edible groups is that there’s something for everyone. Whether you’d love to get out and get planting in areas that need some TLC or you’d prefer to teach others how it’s done, you’ll have a great time.
Britain in Bloom
Britain in Bloom’s in its 54th year this year – and we love it. A classic example of the power of gardening to pull people together, the competition sees groups from villages, cities and towns pull out all the stops to win the gold.
The best thing about the competition is that, regardless of who wins, it inspires residents from all walks of life to pull together and paint their hometowns with colourful blooms in a bid to impress the judges. The judges visit the finalists during August, and that means we get to enjoy beautiful displays throughout the summer as a result.
There are all kinds of ways to enjoy gardening with others for a great cause, and people of all ages are coming together to create gorgeous outdoor spaces that boost our lives. So, find out how you can join the fun…