Haskins’ Sophie Lyall partners with schools for Cultivation Street

Sophie Lyall is an assistant team leader at Haskins Garden Centre West End. She has partnered with local schools to help their development.

The West End garden centre has donated gardening products to local schools. This is part of Sophie’s role as a Cultivation Street Ambassador.
Cultivation Street, founded by David Domoney, encourages communities to get involved in gardening.
He introduced the campaign to celebrate community gardens and their ability to bring people together.
Each year, there is a Cultivation Street Ambassador competition. It rewards those that have gone the extra mile for their local communities.
Sophie has been an ambassador since February 2018 and was a runner-up in the 2018 competition.
Sophie’s role as an ambassador is to co-ordinate the supply of garden sundries to local schools.
Sophie commented: “I enjoy working with a range of local schools. I want to help increase children’s interest in gardening and help schools develop their resources.
“I’m passionate about teaching children what I know about gardening because they’re the next generation of gardeners.
“It’s great seeing how excited they get over a plant they have grown. It’s also great to get children interested in being outdoors and enjoying nature.
“This is something Haskins is keen on encouraging. This is evident from our Garden Gang campaign.”
As part of Sophie’s role, over the course of 2019, she’ll continue to visit the schools to join in with gardening activities. She also wants to strike up new partnerships with neighbouring schools.

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