Win George St pop-up gardens in Dobbies contest

One of the George Street parklets. Picture: Neil Hanna
One of the George Street parklets. Picture: Neil Hanna
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THEY have been one of the hits of the Festival - and they could be yours.

The ‘parklets’ on George Street are going to get a life beyond the Fringe after creators Dobbies teamed up with the Evening News to give the two pop-up gardens away to a good cause.

Designed with plants and decorations to fit in with the surrounding boutiques and cocktail bars, they have been used to promote George Street’s traffic-free zone.

With summer drawing to a close, the colourful oases are set to revert to being grey parking spaces again.

But that means the gardens are up for grabs, with residents, charities, schools or community groups being given the chance to win them and have them uplifted directly to their own space, courtesy of Dobbies Garden Centres.

All they have to do is write to the Evening News within the next ten days explaining why they, or someone they know, deserves to win such a fantastic prize.

Gail Chalmers, of Dobbies Garden Centres, said that the company was looking forward to rewarding two lucky winners with the lush gardens.

She said: “We want to emphasis that anyone can enter this competition.

“The main aim is to help someone who’s garden is a bit grey and needs to be spruced up.

“Perhaps someone that can no longer maintain their garden for whatever reason, or someone that might just want a change of scenery.

“Or a community group that are need of a nice area for children to play, or for people to just sit and relax. The winners could be a family, an elderly person, a school, a charity, a care home – there are a range of possibilities.

“We really want to make a difference to someone’s life – even if it is just someone that has a passion for gardening and would benefit from the 
additional space.”

The fashion-inspired garden currently sits outside the Jo Malone perfume boutique, while the park stuffed with cocktail ingredients is located outside the Assembly Rooms.

Each space is 12mx4m and according to Dobbies Garden Centres, each garden was specifically designed and planted to create a peaceful, colourful, and scent-filled oasis in the heart of the city.

Transport and environment leader Councillor Lesley Hinds said: “The parklets have been a great addition to George Street during our trial to create a more relaxed, attractive atmosphere for shoppers, pedestrians and cyclists.

“Now they will brighten up a new spot as we look to develop a more long-term vision for the street.”

HOW TO ENTER

Write a letter – with a maximum word count of 200 words – by September 3 explaining why someone you know or a group deserves to win the garden, along with a picture of their garden space. Send your entries to Dobbies Competition, Newsdesk, Evening News, Orchard Brae House, 30 Queensferry Road, Edinburgh EH4 2HS or email newsen@edinburghnews.com with ‘Dobbies’ as the subject.