Garden centres scoop top awards at GCA conference

Garden centres from across the country scooped awards at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) 52nd annual conference yesterday (January 22, 2018).

The awards were presented to the member garden centres during a ceremony at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon on Monday, January 22.

Iain Wylie, Chief Executive of the GCA, said: “It is clear that all of our winners have worked extremely hard during the past year to reach and maintain the very highest of standards in garden centre retail excellence and I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of them. Our inspectors were extremely impressed with their achievements.”

The GCA represents nearly 200 garden centres nationwide.

Through sharing information and its inspection programme the GCA helps members to achieve high standards in customer service, plant quality and reliability.

The full list of winners announced on Monday, January 22 were:

  • Christmas Competition (Garden Centre category) sponsored by Gisela Graham – Castle Gardens
  • Christmas Competition (Destination Garden Centre category) sponsored by Gisela Graham – Bents Garden & Home
  • Environment and Community Award – Stewarts Garden Centre – Christchurch
  • Ruxley Rose (Garden Centre category) – Cowell’s Garden Centre
  • Ruxley Rose (Destination Garden Centre category) – Bents Garden & Home
  • Barton Grange Trophy for Commercial Creativity and Innovation – Bents Garden & Home
  • Customer Service Award – Best Customer Service – Barton Grange Garden Centre
  • The Indoor Lifestyle Award – Best Indoor Lifestyle Retailer (Garden Centre category) – Stratford Garden Centre
  • The Indoor Lifestyle Award – Best Indoor Lifestyle Retailer (Destination Garden Centre category) – Barton Grange Garden Centre
  • The GIMA Award for Best Garden Products Retailer (Garden Centre category) – Fairways Garden Centre – Ashbourne
  • The GIMA Award for Best Garden Products Retailer (Destination Garden Centre category) – Barton Grange Garden Centre
  • Dick Allen Award (Most Improved Garden Centre) – Webbs, West Hagley
  • 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) – Webbs, Wychbold
  • Weber Outdoor Living Award – Best Outdoor Living Retailer (Garden Centre Category) – Stratford Garden Centre
  • Weber Outdoor Living Award – Best Outdoor Living Retailer (Destination Garden Centre Category) – Gordale Nurseries.

www.gca.org.uk

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