Best overall garden centres revealed at GCA conference

The winners of the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) most prestigious awards, including its Garden Centres of Excellence were announced at its annual conference on 30 January.

The awards ceremony took place at the De Vere Cotswold Water Park Hotel near Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

Peter Burks, chief executive at the GCA, says: “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 were:

Destination Garden Centre of the Year: Bents Garden & Home (pictured above)

Garden Centre of the Year: Fairways Garden Centre, Ashbourne

Garden Centres of Excellence – (below is in alphabetical order not order of inspection scores):

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): Woodmansterne

The Worrall Cup: Tong Garden Centre

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