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    Barton Grange and Castle Gardens are national winners of this year’s GCA Christmas competition.
    The garden centres have the best festive displays in the country. They will receive their awards at its annual conference in January, 2019.
    Iain Wylie said: “This year’s displays were impressive. They were the best we’ve ever seen, so it was a tough choice when it came to choose the winners.
    “The entrants were judged on the innovation and excitement created by their Christmas products display.
    “The product range, accessibility and ‘wow factor’ were also taken into consideration.
    “We’d like to say a huge congratulations to Barton Grange Garden Centre and Castle Gardens.”

    GCA Christmas display awards

    Andy Campbell judged Entrants in the DGC category and entrants Alyson Haywood judged the GC category.
    Louise Burks of The Gardens Group said: “This is another huge achievement for The Gardens Group. Our Christmas displays show a real team effort across all three sites.
    “Everyone works hard to make sure the displays look their absolute best, from the opening in October right up until Christmas. This accolade means a lot.
    “We’re delighted to win this national award for the ninth time. This consistency reflects the commitment and creativity of our team. They make the transformation happen from scratch each year.”

    Regional winners

    The area winners in the South Thames area were Ruxley Manor (DGC) and Castle Gardens . In the Wales and West area Whitehall Garden Centre – Lacock and Whitehall Garden Centre – Whitchurch won.
    In North Thames, Perrywood Garden Centre and Sunshine Garden Centre were winners. St Peter’s Garden Centr and Fairways – Ashbourne won in the Midlands area.
    Barton Grange Garden Centre and Fron Gogh Garden Centre won in the North West. In the North East Tong Garden Centre and Coletta and Tyson Garden Centre won.
    David Fawcett-Ropner of Barton Grange Garden Centre, said: “We put a lot of effort into the making of our Christmas displays every year. There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work that goes on that the customers don’t see, from the buying to the build itself.
    “Each year we’ve got to think bigger and be bold. It’s rewarding to see this effort and creativity inspiring others.”
    Andy Campbell, who judged the DGC category, said: “I was lucky enough to judge the Christmas competition for the GCA a couple of years ago. This year, it was immediately clear they had all got even stronger.
    “Nowadays garden centres are professional in the way they plan, install and review their Christmas offer.”

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