Dobbies in Royston has partnered with the Red Squirrel Survival Trust to help raise awareness of the endangered species.

To coincide with Red Squirrel Awareness Week, which runs from October 2 to 8, the garden centre will host a free Grow How session in the Royston store at 10.30am on Saturday, October 7.

The session will teach people how to create an inviting habitat for red squirrels, which are increasingly rare in the UK.

Around 75 per cent of the red squirrel population is found in Scotland, and total numbers have fallen from around 3.5 million to the current estimate of 287,000.

Grow How attendees will learn about the vital role red squirrels play in the ecosystem by spreading and regenerating tree species in native forestry, and dispersing several species of fungi.


Dobbies' horticultural experts will outline the best trees and plants to have in the garden and what can be done to encourage red squirrels to visit.

Marcus Eyles, Dobbies' horticultural director, said: "We hope this informal yet informative educational session provides our customers at Royston with the knowledge they need to help us come together and make a real difference, starting with our gardens."

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