Garden Centre Association
... 2011 Destination Garden Centre of the Year & Garden Centre of the Year
This year the GCA introduced an additional opportunity to win the coveted title of GCA Garden Centre of the Year. Recognising that the excellent standards of the smaller garden centre were in danger of not receiving the same credit as their larger counterparts a new award was added to the top spot. So at the GCA’s annual Conference held in January, the two winners were announced for Destination Garden Centre of the Year and Garden Centre of the Year.
The GCA awards are based purely on quality standards which are measured by the strict annual audits held at all member garden centres throughout the year. Centres are judged not only on quality of products and departments, but also people, service and surroundings.
The Garden Centre of the Year awards are extremely important within the industry. Centres do not pay to enter, put themselves forward or submit a written entry; all our members are visited by our inspectors with no prior knowledge of the exact date so we can ensure standards remain high at all times.
FIRST TIME WIN FOR COWELLS Garden Centre of the Year 2011
Cowell’s Garden Centre in Woolsington just outside Newcastle upon Tyne is the first to take the new title of Garden Centre of the Year. It is a small garden centre with a big heart; their plant retailing is second to none and over the years they have been consistently improving their offer.
Martin Cowell said “We’re ecstatic - imagine our surprise at winning this award. This has given our staff an amazing boost; it’s great to know that all the hard work and effort that everyone puts into the garden centre not only in the spring but all year round, has been recognised. What a wonderful way to start the new year.”
HAT TRICK FOR BENTS Destination Garden Centre of the Year 2011
Bents Garden & Home is celebrating another significant first for the hugely competitive garden centre industry, having been presented with the title of GCA Destination Garden Centre of the year for a record third year in a row.
Overall it is the fourth time the Glazebury based business has held the award with the last three titles coming in three consecutive years; an achievement which surpasses all previous records set by the country’s leading garden centres.
Says Matthew Bent, MD of Bents Garden & Home: “This is huge! The GCA title really is the big one and to be acknowledged as the best in our industry for the third successive year is a huge honour and fantastic acknowledgement of the hard work and commitment put in by each and every one of our 200 plus colleagues.”
The Top 13 GCA Garden Centres of Excellence 2011 (all with scores of 86% and above)
All In One Garden Centre, Middleton, Greater Manchester www.allinone.co.uk
Barton Grange Garden Centre, Preston, Lancashire www.bartongrange.co.uk
Bents Garden & Home, Glazebury, Cheshire www.bents.co.uk
Cowell's Garden Centre, Woolsington, Tyne & Wear www.cowellsgc.co.uk
Frosts at Woburn Sands, Bedfordshire www.frostsgroup.com
Grosvenor Garden Centre, Nr Chester, Cheshire www.grosvenorgardencentre.co.uk
Haskins Ferndown, Dorset www.haskins.co.uk
Planters Garden Centre, Freasley, Tamworth, Staffordshire www.plantersgc.com
Poplars Nursery Garden Centre, Toddington, Bedfordshire www.poplars.co.uk
Van Hage Garden Company, Great Amwell, Hertfordshire www.vanhages.co.uk
Van Hage Garden Company, Peterborough. Cambridgeshire www.vanhages.co.uk
Webbs of Wychbold Nr Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire www.webbsdirect.co.uk
Woodlands Nurseries Stapleton, Leicestershire www.woodlandsnurseries.co.uk