Why our hearts are beating faster


We’ve spoken before about how the community here in Gillingham and the surrounding areas is so important to us, and how proud we are to be a part of it. We occupy a small space, and are working to expand our reach, but our heart remains in in Dorset and this past week we felt it beating with more joy than it has in a very long time.

August saw the return of the Gillingham and Shaftesbury show, and it really took our breath away. We’ve been to the show in the past, but of course, with an absence of the show last year, seeing it return in all its glory bigger than ever over 2 days, was a vibrant reminder of just how brilliant the communities in the area are.

The show to us isn’t really about making money. We bring products for sale as a sample of what we offer at Thorngrove, but in truth, we’re there because we want to represent ourselves, and Gillingham, and the efforts of our staff to enhance the reputation of the area with a garden centre you can be proud of. We attend the show to meet new people, and celebrate with old friends. Events such as this feel more special than ever, and we assure you that we don’t take our presence there for granted.

The diversity in stalls and attractions was truly something to behold. Seeing the smiles on faces, and that sense of ‘normality’ we’ve all missed really made it one of the most enjoyable weeks of the year so far. The world has changed as we push towards the exit of this pandemic, but the determination, and hard work of the residents here to put on this fantastic community event is something we had to give acknowledgment to. We hope everyone had as much fun as we did, and we can’t wait.

Kelsi-Dean Buck

Marketing Executive

Employ My Ability

The Walled Garden, Moreton, Dorset. DT2 8RH – 01929 405685


Thorngrove Garden Centre, Common Mead Lane, Gillingham, Dorset. SP8 4RE – 01747 822242



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