Posted: 06.06.21 at 06:00 by Tim Lethaby
Dobbies, the Shepton Mallet garden centre, has announced the online relaunch of its Little Seedlings Club, to support and celebrate National Children’s Gardening Week.
Packed with activities, tutorials and educational content, the Little Seedlings Club is aimed at Shepton Mallet children aged four to 10 years old, and in its refreshed and enhanced online format, will provide plenty of fun gardening and crafting projects.
Dobbies Little Seedlings Club previously ran in the Shepton Mallet store, but workshops haven’t been able to take place in person since March 2020.
The relaunched online format provides a fantastic way for budding young Somerset gardeners to learn all about plants, wildlife, the environment and sustainability, while supplying them with an abundance of fun facts and top tips to impress their friends.
Marcus Eyles, horticultural director of Dobbies, said: “Our Little Seedlings Club has always been hugely popular in our Shepton Mallet store, and so we are very pleased to be able to relaunch the club in a virtual format, marking National Children’s Gardening Week.
“At Dobbies, we are passionate about helping communities to enjoy spending time outdoors and get growing, and who could be better than the next generation of gardeners?
"We hope that the relaunched Little Seedlings Club will educate, inform and inspire a whole new host of young gardeners.”
Available for free on the Dobbies website, Little Seedlings will offer a mix of topical online content, including factsheets, educational guides, activity sheets and suggestions for ways to put green fingers to work, with topics spanning everything from creating bug hotels and DIY seed bombs, to learning about composting, plant lifecycles and the anatomy of flowers, plus an array of weird and wonderful facts.
As well as this, Dobbies is launching a campaign to find Ambassadors for Little Seedlings, open to children across Somerset.
The campaign will find the faces of the Little Seedlings Club, who will then have the opportunity to provide their own blogs about gardening for Dobbies customers to enjoy, as well as appearing in Dobbies’ social media campaigns with photos of their gardening progress.
Children can apply to become a Little Seedlings Ambassador at https://www.dobbies.com/little-seedlings-ambassadors.