Every year, the dedicated team of Cultivation Street ambassadors roll up their sleeves and get stuck in helping their local schools and communities. And every year, I recognise and reward the ambassadors who have gone above and beyond with a total of £3,000 in cash prizes to give away.
This year, I’m delighted to announce that Steve Purton of Dobbies Garden Centre in Milton Keynes has been crowned Ambassador of the Year by our esteemed panel of judges, and has won himself 1st prize of £1,000.
JUDGES’ VERDICT: This year, Steve has supported over 1,000 children at his free gardening sessions at Dobbies. He regularly shares his expertise with a local charity, 4 schools, a college and a hospital to improve their communal spaces. Steve even uses his own car to transport supplies to groups that can’t get to him. Great work, Steve!
2nd prize of £500 goes to ambassador Zoe Stanmore of Dobbies Garden Centre in Southport.
JUDGES’ VERDICT: We loved the fact that Zoe runs her own community garden in her spare time and has even gone so far as to donate plants grown there for the benefit of other community groups. She has up to 60 children attend her garden each week and has forged links with local schools and nursing homes. Well done Zoe!
3rd prize of £300 goes to ambassador Annie Yates of Garden Store.
JUDGES’ VERDICT: With her focus on creating a free online bank of gardening activities and instruction videos, Annie has done something truly unique. Due to her online focus, her reach has the potential to expand far beyond the communities in her local vicinity. Plus, her activities are great!
Cultivation Street is overflowing with incredible ambassadors who go the extra mile for their local communities. As such, we are also awarding 12 special commendation prizes of £100 each to the following ambassadors, well done everyone!
Jackie Barker of Notcutts, Solihull, Gary Bissett of Inver Garden Centre, Inver, Louise Canfield of Aylett Nurseries, St Alban’s, Angela Fletcher of Notcutts, Rivendell, Steve Fry of Gardens Group, Dorset, Graham Heath of Garden Store, Littleheath, Georgina Isherwood of Dobbies, Kings Lynn, Matthew Lewis of Old Railway Line, Brecon, Sophie Lyall of Haskins Garden Centre, Southampton, Laura Stevens of Dobbies, Livingstone, Carol Watson of Notcutts, Tunbridge Wells and Andrew Wright of Gardens Group, Yeovil.