GCA announces first batch of award winners

Last night, the first batch of winners of the Garden Centre Association?s (GCA) annual awards were announced at its conference. The awards were presented at the De Vere Carden Park in Chester on Monday, January 26.

Iain Wylie, Chief Executive of the GCA, said: ?I?d like to wish everyone who won an award at the conference this year a hearty well done. Our members have worked exceptionally hard during the past year to reach very high standards and I?d like to congratulate all our winners on their successes.?

The winners of Monday?s awards were:

  • Christmas Competition (Garden Centre category) ? Castle Gardens
  • Christmas Competition (Destination Garden Centre category) ? Bents Garden & Home
  • Environment and Community Award ? won jointly by Poplars Nursery Garden Centre and Simpsons Garden Centre
  • Ruxley Rose (Garden Centre category) ? Cowell?s Garden Centre
  • Ruxley Rose (Destination Garden Centre category) ? Bents Garden & Home
  • Barton Grange Trophy for Creativity and Innovation ? Planters, Tamworth
  • Customer Service Award ? Best Customer Service ? Sunshine Garden Centre
  • The Indoor Lifestyle Award ? Best Indoor Lifestyle Retailer (Garden Centre category) ? Fairways Garden Centre, Ashbourne
  • The Indoor Lifestyle Award ? Best Indoor Lifestyle Retailer (Destination Garden Centre category) ? won jointly by Poplars Garden Centre and The Burford Garden Company
  • The GIMA Award for Best Garden Products Retailer (Garden Centre category) ? Cowell?s Garden Centre
  • The GIMA Award for Best Garden Products Retailer (Destination Garden Centre category) ? Barton Grange
  • Dick Allen Award (Most Improved Garden Centre) ? Royal Horticultural Society Hyde Hall
  • The IFSE Award for Catering Excellence ? Best Garden Centre Restaurant (Garden Centre Category) Fron Goch Garden Centre
  • The IFSE Award for Catering Excellence ? Best Garden Centre Restaurant (Destination Garden Centre Category) ? won jointly by Bents Garden & Home and Frosts, Woburn Sands
  • Weber Outdoor Living Award ? Best Outdoor Living Retailer (Garden Centre Category) ? Sunshine Garden Centre
  • Weber Outdoor Living Award ? Best Outdoor Living Retailer (Destination Garden Centre Category) Van Hage Great Amwell

The GCA will present the awards for Garden Centres of Excellence, the Worrall Cup, Associate of the Year, Garden Centre of the Year and Destination Garden Centre of the Year later on today.

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