Dobbies announces its ‘Not Your Average Gardener’ winners

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, has announced its ‘Not Your Average Gardener’ winners, seeing Renfrewshire resident, Jane Clark (62), scoop Most Sustainable Gardener.

The community initiative aims to celebrate and support passionate gardeners from across the UK, irrespective of experience or gardening space, following the positive rise in Brits enjoying gardening this year.

Dobbies’ judging panel included Broadcaster, Jo Whiley; Dobbies’ ambassador and ITV This Morning’s Daisy Payne; Dobbies’ ambassador and gardening influencer, Henry Agg, and Dobbies’ Horticultural Director, Marcus Eyles, who judged this award.

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The retired British Airways Cabin Crew Member impressed the judges with her eco-friendly and sustainably managed garden. Jane tells us how her passion came about: “From a very young age I’ve always been fascinated about gardening and growing my own fruit and vegetables. My dad loved gardening and taught me everything I know. From digging up my first potato harvest as a young child, to getting sustainable tips on how to reduce waste by eating what’s grown in the garden, my dad’s been an inspiration.”

Jane shares her top tips when getting started: “Gardening is for everyone, no matter the space. Whether you’re in an apartment or have access to acres of land, you can give this hobby a go. My best bit of advice would be to learn from your mistakes and don’t be afraid to try something new. Once you sow your first pack of seeds, you’ll get plenty joy from seeing the shoots peek through the soil bed.

“I’ve turned my garden into a wildlife haven and find real peace in hearing the birds singing, watching the bumblebees, butterflies and other insects hover over the pollinating plants, and hedgehogs call the garden home.” Jane continued: “My 93-year-old mum is always in awe of the garden and helps me cut fresh blooms to display in our homes.”

Jane received a giftcard to spend in store, plus support and advice from the Dobbies’ team on how best to bring her garden to life in a sustainable way.

Dobbies’ Horticultural Director, Marcus Eyles, said: “We are thankful for everyone who took the time to enter our awards and offer the winners, including Jane, our warmest congratulations. There were lots of positives from Jane’s entry – she had a great attitude to a challenging garden with heavy clay and exposed position, with a clear goal to achieve a wildlife friendly and sustainable garden. It was fantastic to see everything was organic, with no chemicals, as well as all the great fruit and vegetables she grows in her garden for healthy, seasonal eating. I’ll look forward to seeing what Jane does next with her garden.”

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