The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has announced the winners of its annual awards.

GCA rewards the nation’s top garden centres

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has announced the winners of its annual awards.

GCA rewards the nation's top garden centres

The accolades were presented during two ceremonies at the De Vere Carden Park in Chester on January 26 and January 27.

GCA chief executive Iain Wylie said: “I’d like to wish everyone who won an award 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.”

GCA chairman Will Armitage added: “We’re a very passionate and hardworking industry and these awards recognise the very best of the best in the country. Well done and congratulations to everyone.” The GCA represents nearly 200 garden centres nationwide.

The full list of winners is: 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 [Garden Industry Manufacturers’ Association] 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 and the Weber Outdoor Living Award – Best Outdoor Living Retailer (Destination Garden Centre Category) Van Hage Great Amwell.

The Garden Centres of Excellence (listed in alphabetical order) are: Aylett Nurseries Ltd; Barton Grange Garden Centre, Preston; Bents Garden & Home;
Burston Garden Centre; Cowell’s Garden Centre;
Garden Wise Plant & Garden Centre; Perrywood Garden Centre; Poplars Nursery Garden Centre; Simpsons Garden Centre; and Squires Garden Centre, Twickenham.

Associate of the Year is Cedar Associates; Garden Centre of the Year is Cowells Garden Centre and Destination Garden Centre of the Year is Barton Grange Garden Centre, Preston.

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