National GCA festive display winners announced

Barton Grange and Castle Gardens have been announced as the national winners of the GCA?s annual Christmas competition.

The centres will receive their award at the GCA golden jubilee conference in January.

Iain Wylie, GCA chief executive, said: ?We announced the regional winners of our Christmas display competition at the end of November and were very impressed with the standard of entries this year. Following this, the area winners were all judged for a second time and these two national winners were selected at the end of last week as the duo with the most dazzling displays.

?I?d like to heartily congratulate Barton Grange in Lancashire, who won in the destination garden centre category, and Castle Gardens in Dorset who scooped the top prize in the garden centre section of the awards.?

The garden centres were judged on the innovation, inspiration and excitement created from the way their Christmas products are displayed. The range of products available, accessibility, how easy it is for customers to find and select products and the ?wow factor? were also taken into consideration in an assessment of the overall commercial proposition.

Andy Campbell, GCA inspector and judge of the national Christmas displays competition, said: ?I last carried out the national judging of the Christmas competition several years ago and since then the creativity and commerciality of the regional finalists has just got stronger and stronger. It is clear to me that garden centres lead the way in this field.?

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