Helping grow the EV community


GRIDSERVE is proud to be the EV charging partner of Dobbies, the UK’s largest garden centre retailer. James Dobbie may have started out selling seeds in 1865, but the business today offers multi-retail and restaurant facilities, with plenty of seasonal inspiration in the form of plants, shrubs and trees, outdoor furniture and homeware. There is also John Lewis click-and-collect services plus a food hall partnership with Waitrose in selected stores. As such, our Electric Retail Hubs are designed to provide a variety of different charging speeds for different customer needs.

Electric Retail Hub

With our partnership with Dobbies, we debuted our first Electric Retail Hub – a new type of destination charging that allows wannabe Monty Dons to top up their EVs while selecting their terracotta pots or patio furniture. The Electric Retail Hub is in addition to the motorway-based Electric Super Hubs, our flagship Electric Forecourts® and Electric Destination Hubs.

Our Dobbies Garden Centres locations

Now open

Swindon

  • 12 electric vehicle charging bays
  • 2 bays offering High Power charging
  • 10 bays offering Medium Power charging
  • CCS, CHAdeMO and AC connectors
  • Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Visit Swindon
Now open

Leicester

  • 12 electric vehicle charging bays
  • 4 bays offering High Power charging
  • 8 bays offering Medium Power charging
  • CCS, CHAdeMO and AC connectors
  • Open during store hours (Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10.30am-4.30pm)
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Now open

Liverpool

  • 12 electric vehicle charging bays
  • 4 bays offering High Power charging
  • 8 bays offering Medium Power charging
  • CCS and CHAdeMO connectors
  • Open during store hours (Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10.30am-4.30pm)
Visit Liverpool
Now open

Milton Keynes

  • 6 electric vehicle charging bays offering Medium Power charging
  • CCS and CHAdeMO connectors
  • Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Visit Milton Keynes
Now open

Edinburgh

  • 6 electric vehicle charging bays
  • 2 bays offering High Power charging
  • 4 bays offering Medium Power charging
  • CCS connectors
  • Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
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Now open

Gloucester


  • 6 electric vehicle charging bays
  • 2 bays offering High Power charging
  • 4 bays offering Medium Power charging
  • CCS and CHAdeMO connectors
  • Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Visit Gloucester

Find your nearest Dobbies charger

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Electric Vehicle charging at Dobbies Garden Centres

An award-winning EV charging experience

  • Fully accessible EV charging bays with dedicated bays for wheelchair users
  • All locations listed in major industry EV charging apps, including Zap-Map
  • Simple two-step charging process with contactless payment
  • All EV chargers powered by net zero energy

Frequently asked questions

Dobbies Garden Centres each have slightly different set-ups and opening times, so it’s best to select your preferred location from the list above and find out the specific details regarding opening times and availability of EV charging.

For many, gardening can be the start of a deep love of, and connection to, the natural world. Because we’re also fully committed to allowing nature to flourish in our solar farms and our Electric Forecourts®, we knew this partnership was ‘mint’ to be. Sorry… We have a number of keen gardeners on our team and we’re constantly in awe of the power of plants. They offer us a range of different services, including flood mitigation, cooling, insulation, noise attenuation, CO2 sequestration, increased biodiversity, enhanced air quality and improved human health and wellbeing.

There are sometimes parking restrictions associated with EV charging, but these are dependent on the specific site. We’d advise that you select your preferred location and visit the store website for more details.

You’ve come to the right place. Co-developing a GRIDSERVE Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station on your premises could be a low risk and cost-effective way to help deliver the best EV charging experience for your customers while unlocking new revenue opportunities. If you share a few details with us here, a member of our development team will get back to you.

They’re pretty cool aren’t they? If you have a little time to branch out, then you can visit GRIDSERVE Car Leasing to discover the benefits of electric cars and leasing. If you want to take things one step further, we also offer EV test drives, provide specially curated deals and plant 100 trees for every electric car we lease.