Carry on gardening despite drought is company campaign

Children learning to use water wisely
Children learning to use water wisely

AS a hosepipe ban looms across the region a Fenny Stratford garden centre has joined a national company initiative to give away water saving products.

Dobbies Garden Centres, including in Belvedere Road, Watling Street, is keen on making sure its customers can continue to work on their lawns and rose gardens after water use restrictions come into force in April.

Dobbies Garden Centres has announced a bursary which will see the retailer give away more than £10,000 of water-wise products to help local areas affected by this year’s drought continue to enjoy gardening.

Through its community initiative Here We Grow, Dobbies wants to hear from local community groups, schools and charities who would like to gain some straightforward water-saving tips for their garden or green space and receive some free water-wise products such as water butts, watering cans and water-retaining gels to get them started.

Godfrey Ingram, general manager for, Dobbies Garden World Milton Keynes said: “Our aim is to ensure our great garden-loving communities can continue enjoying gardening this spring and summer whilst being aware of water usage.

“The products we are giving to local community groups, schools and charities will help them take some straightforward water-wise steps during the dry-spell to keep their gardens and green spaces looking their best.”

To put a group forward for consideration email For more information, visit

The company’s advice includes capturing every drop of rain by installing a water butt. Also collect and re-use grey water from the bath or kitchen sink to water plants.

If showers are forecast, do not water your garden. Water less often but more thoroughly to encourage deeper roots.