The Wildlife Trusts have been voted Dobbies? 150th anniversary national charity partner.
The Wildlife Trusts, one of three finalists, won a public vote to become Dobbies? latest charity partner as part of the retailer?s 150th?anniversary celebrations.
Dobbies? fundraising target of ?50,000 will help to bring wildlife into school grounds up and down the UK – providing advice and activities, creating habitat for wildlife and places where children can explore, play and get close to nature.
Andy King, managing director at Dobbies, said:? ?We were overwhelmed by the applications to become our ?150th?charity partner.
?We knew we wanted to team up with a charity which celebrates our values ? getting people outside enjoying their gardens, so we were delighted with the outcome of our online public vote.
?The Wildlife Trusts is a great cause and if we can support them to educate children about nature in fun and exciting ways and encourage families to be wildlife-friendly, as a company we?d be very proud.?
Adam Cormack, The Wildlife Trusts? senior communications manager, said:? ?We are delighted our partnership with Dobbies will help to encourage schools and people to embrace wildlife-friendly gardening and provide a little space for nature on their doorstep.
?Many schools have the potential to create habitats for wildlife in their grounds ? whether it?s building a bug hotel or habitat wall where insects can nest and lay their eggs, or leaving areas of grass and flowers to grow wild and provide shelter and food for wildlife.
?These areas can also be great for inspiring learning and creativity in our children.?
Supporters of The Wildlife Trusts are being encouraged to visit their local Dobbies store to attend a Summer Garden Party, celebrating 150 years of gardening, on Thursday 18 June between 5pm -9pm.? Tickets cost just ?1 and all funds raised will be donated to The Wildlife Trusts.