Plant & Pause


Garden Your Way to Better Mental Health

Take a moment to plant & pause this summer! Planting is a great way to promote good mental health and wellbeing. The fresh air, alone, does a whole world of good for your mind, and gardening is known to help provide peace of mind and create a real sense of achievement.

At Robert Dyas, we are proud to be working with Thrive, the gardening for health charity, to bring you professional advice and expertise so you can start or continue your gardening journey. No matter how small your outdoor space is, our range of planting equipment will help you create the perfect planting area to enjoy our exciting 'How to Grow Happy' challenge, found below. You can even grow inside your home with one of our compact windowsill propagators, available instore and online.

Following last year’s success, which saw celebrities, influencers and people from all over the UK get involved, we’re delighted to announce that Plant & Pause is back!

A highlight in the gardening year, Plant & Pause encourages you to get out into your garden or outdoor space for better mental health and wellbeing. 

Spending time in nature is widely known to be beneficial for our mental and physical health – so much so, it’s even prescribed by the NHS.

The fresh air, alone, does a whole world of good for your mind, and gardening can help provide peace of mind while creating a real sense of achievement.

No matter how big or small your outdoor space is, our range of planting equipment will help you create the perfect planting area to tend with ease. You can even grow inside your home with one of our compact windowsill propagators and live houseplants.

We’re proud to once again have teamed up with Thrive, the gardening for health charity, whose professional advice is second to none. With their expertise and our huge garden range, we can help you experience some Plant & Pause moments to treasure.

If you’d like to donate, visit Thrive’s donation page here. Every bit of help counts.

 “Even the simplest of garden tasks can lift your spirits. It doesn’t matter what size space you have, gardening is accessible to everyone of all ages, backgrounds and abilities!”

- Rich The Garden Guru at Robert Dyas


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Little Plant & Pause

From Saturday 25th May to Sunday 2nd June, it’s Little Plant & Pause Week! 

To coincide with Children’s Gardening Week we’re running a series of child-friendly garden activities on Instagram during half term, including the exciting Grow Your Own Runner Bean competition. The winner will receive a bundle of garden games and children’s gardening equipment!

How To Enter

Get your little ones involved by popping into any Robert Dyas store to pick up a free pack of runner bean seeds, and help them grow their own beanstalk! When it’s as tall as Jack’s, tag us on Instagram @robertdyas with your best photo by July 31st with the hashtag #LittlePlantandPause for a chance to win (winner will be chosen at random). For full T&Cs, see here. Mainland UK only, excludes Northern Ireland. Winners will be notified by direct message (DM) on Instagram.

Our judge will be the UK’s #1 children’s gardening educator, The Skinny Jean Gardener, who leads on the importance of integrating gardening and growth into children's education, both in schools and at home.


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Nominate your community space to plant & pause together

Do you know of a space in your area with the potential to be transformed for the wellbeing of your community? If so, please nominate your space and let us know how a newly transformed community garden could benefit and support those who use it. 

Whether it’s a community garden or space or a charity looking to create a sensory garden, no matter how big or small, we’d love to hear from you.

Entries will be shortlisted and our panel of esteemed judges will assess how each of the  outdoor spaces will contribute to the mental and physical wellbeing of the community and how the prizes could benefit the project. One lucky winner will be announced on 27th June and will win over £2,500 (RRP) worth of gardening equipment. 

The Robert Dyas team will visit the project as it evolves to follow and highlight the progress across social media and share it on the Robert Dyas website.

Meet the judges

We’ve enlisted the help of a panel of experts and our very own Dragon’s Den celebrity to offer their judging mastery. Our chairman, Theo Paphitis, and team will judge the entries and award the winner with the coveted prize.

Veronica Lorraine

Gardening Editor of the Sun 

Veronica, a mum of two, has an RHS diploma Level 2 in horticulture, her own gardening clients, and a part-time job with a garden design and maintenance company. 

Richard Redman

Robert Dyas’ Garden Guru 

Richard Redman is our Category Manager for Garden and Outdoor and, thanks to his expertise, our Garden Guru too. With a degree in plant science and over 15 years’ experience in the garden retail sector, he’s an expert in his field and passionate about what he does.

Theo Paphitis

Chairman and Owner, Robert Dyas

Well known for entrepreneurship and featuring on Dragons Den, Theo is a big believer in the benefits of gardening and often grows his own flowers & vegetables. He also enjoys walking his dog Gladys in the beautiful outdoors.

Jason Williams

The Cloud Gardener

Multi-RHS-award-winning influencer and ambassador for the gardening-for-health charity Thrive, Jason is at the forefront of the balcony gardening niche, championing gardening for its therapeutic qualities.

Damien Newman

Training, Education & Consultancy Manager at Thrive

Damien is responsible for overseeing all aspects of education in social and therapeutic horticulture (STH) including the diploma in the subject. He brings a wealth of experience, including 12 years within mental health services.

How to Enter

First, check you’re eligible to enter in the dropdown below – see ‘Who can enter?’

Then please submit your entry via email to and ensure you include the following information in your entry:

  • Name and email address.
  • Address of your nominated space.
  • A description of your nominated space in 500 words or less, explaining how you plan to transform the space and how the transformation will benefit and support your community.
  • Upload up to 5 images of your space. Designs to support your entry are optional.
  • Proof of permission from the landowner and any other relevant permissions.
  • Who can Enter

    Before you enter, please see the information below to learn more about what is covered and if you’re eligible:

  • The lead community group applicant must be aged 18 years or older at the time of submitting your entry.
  • Entrants must submit on behalf of a community group of three or more people that is not profit-making (e.g. their activities are not for the financial benefit of any individuals or owners).
  • Open to all good causes e.g. charities, community groups and sports groups.
  • Entry is open to residents of mainland UK only (excludes Northern Ireland). The address entrants provide in the event they are selected as a winner will be used to send any prizes.
  • Immediate family members or employees of the organisers cannot enter the competition.

    To enter the competition, the UK community space must:

  • Be open to the public and available for use by the local community, either all or most of the time (e.g. the space may be locked at night, but it must be generally accessible).
  • Not be used for the purpose of generating a profit (however, selling products to generate funds to reinvest in the community garden or not-for-profit is acceptable).
  • Not be used for the purpose of promoting a religion or a belief.
  • Must have secured permission from the landowner and any other relevant permissions.
  • Be intended to be in existence for a minimum of 12 months after the winner is announced.
  • We will promote the project with local press and on social media – those involved in the project should be comfortable with this.
  • Competition opens on 13th April and closes on 31st May.

    Good luck!

    Remember to follow our social media pages to stay updated on the Nominate Your Community Space competition.


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    What is mulching?

    Mulch is a layer of material to put on top of your soil and around your plants to hold in moisture and suppress weeds. Compost is a great choice for mulching as it also adds nutrients, or some plastic sheeting can be used to ensure weeds are suppressed for longer.


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