Best garden centres named at GCA Conference

Winners of the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) most prestigious awards including its Garden Centres of Excellence were announced at its annual conference on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, in an awards ceremony held at the De Vere Cotswold Water Park Hotel near Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

Peter Burks, Chief Executive at the GCA, said: “We had a joyous evening celebrating our overall champion of champions and our ‘Garden Centres of Excellence’ winners. They have all demonstrated tremendous tenacity, hard work and passion, and couldn’t be more deserving of these accolades.

“We were also delighted to announce our Associate of the Year, as voted for by our member garden centres and to present our Worrall Cup to the garden centre the judges’ felt entered the best marketing and community campaign too.

“We had a great second day at our 2024 conference. I’d like to acknowledge our sponsors for helping make it all happen, especially Taylors Bulbs for sponsoring the day, Davidson Richards for helping keep us well fuelled by sponsoring our morning tea/coffee break, Quinton Edwards for our Tuesday champagne reception, Fordingbridge our Gala Dinner and wine, and Bon Bon’s for our delicious after-dinner chocolates. Everyone had a very important role in ensuring our Tuesday went so well, thank you.”

The full list of winners announced on Tuesday, January 30 were:

Destination Garden Centre of the Year winner: Bents Garden & Home (pictured top). Second & third place winners: Perrywood Garden Centre, Tiptree and Ruxley Manor Garden Centre.

Garden Centre of the Year winner: Fairways Garden Centre, Ashbourne. Second & third place winners: Coolings Wych Cross Garden Centre and Pugh’s Garden Village Wenvoe.

Garden Centres of Excellence in alphabetical order: Barton Grange Garden Centre; Bents Garden & Home; Coolings Garden Centre Knockholt; Haskins Garden Centre, Snowhill; Klondyke Mortonhall Garden Centre; Millbrook Garden Company, Gravesend; Perrywood Garden Centre, Tiptree; Ruxley Manor Garden Centre; Simpsons Garden Centre, Inverness; The Old Railway Line Garden Centre.

Associate of the Year (voted by GCA garden centre members) winner: Woodmansterne (pictured above). Second & third place winners: Smart Garden Products and Merzario

The Worrall Cup Winner: Tong Garden Centre (pictured below). Second & third place winners: Simpsons Garden Centre, Inverness and The Old Railway Line Garden Centre


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