Dobbies Garden Centre in Ayr has revealed the community group that will receive support to help transform, restore or start their indoor or outdoor green space.

Over 660 groups applied to Dobbies Community Gardens when it opened in March, with each store selecting their local project to support from the nominations that were made.

Nominated projects from Ayr were invited along to the in-store Grow How session on Saturday, May 4 when the winner was unveiled. 

Newmilns Regeneration Association will now receive a one-on-one session with Dobbies’ colleagues in the Ayr store to kick-start the activity, and the team will support the winning group right the way through their project. 

In addition to receiving products, tools and plants, there will be volunteer hours allocated to help bring the project to fruition and keep their outdoor space blooming.

Newmilns Regeneration Association has been running for over 15 years and is planning to use Dobbies' support to develop a community garden to support local groups and school children.

Nick Anderson, Dobbies’ operations director, is thrilled with the response to the Dobbies Community Gardens scheme.

He explained: “We are really pleased to have had so many community groups get in touch looking for support with their green spaces. 

“The Ayr store had the responsibility of picking a community group to back this year, choosing Newmilns Regeneration Association as its winner.

"We’re looking forward to seeing this outdoor green space flourish over the year.”

For more information about Dobbies work in the community and to see this year’s Dobbies Community Gardens’ winners, visit