Garden centre to grow charity funds

Dobbies Garden Centre, Ponteland. Picture by www.gardenaction.co.uk
Dobbies Garden Centre, Ponteland. Picture by www.gardenaction.co.uk

Two charities and hundreds of schoolchildren will benefit from fund-raising efforts at a Northumberland garden centre.

Dobbies Garden Centre in Ponteland has named the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) as its local charity partner for the financial year.

And the outlet will also raise cash for its company’s chosen national charity, The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT).

The Ponteland store selected GNAAS as its local cause after inviting nominations from customers, the community and charities themselves.

Its Community Champion Aileen Henderson will now spearhead fund-raising efforts for GNAAS throughout the year, including events and collections in store.

Nationally, the garden centre chain organised an online vote to determine its charity partner for its 150th anniversary year.

We are really delighted that our partnership will help to encourage schools and people in our region to embrace wildlife-friendly gardening.

Mike Pratt, Northumberland Wildlife Trust Chief Executive

It has set a fund-raising target of £50,000 for RSWT, which will be used to attract wildlife into school grounds throughout the country by creating habitats and places where children can explore, play and get close to nature.

My Wild Garden activity booklets are available from Dobbies for a suggested donation of £1 to encourage families to make wildlife-friendly gardens, and a Summer Garden Party will be held on June 18, with proceeds going to RSWT.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust Chief Executive Mike Pratt said: “Dobbies in Ponteland is in our area so we are really delighted that our partnership will help to encourage schools and people in our region to embrace wildlife-friendly gardening and provide a little space for nature on their doorstep.”