Award winners set to inspire for years

Congratulations to the many winners of the Garden Retail Awards and the Horticulture Week Landscape & Amenity Awards, which both took place earlier this week at London's Grosvenor House hotel.

And many thanks to everyone who took the time to enter the awards, run in association with headline sponsors the HTA and NPTC respectively, helping to make both events the most hotly contested competitions to date.

Among our numerous winners this year, there are so many examples from which to learn and gain inspiration.

From the Garden Retail Awards, for example, Gordale Nurseries - the winner of the Community Involvement Award - offers a textbook case study of a garden centre integrated into every aspect of community life, from educating local school groups on plants and planting to sponsorship of the local football team, along with donating time, expertise and plants to local projects.

Another example is the reputation built by Glendoick Garden Centre's owner Kenneth Cox as a leading source of information on plants for Scottish gardens, which helps keep the crowds coming. Glendoick won the award for Retail Outlet of the Year - Under £3m Turnover.

From the winners of the Horticulture Week Landscape & Amenity Awards, Nottingham City Council's parks team - which won Open Space Management Team of the Year - has proved a brilliant advocate for green space in its territory, winning funds for new projects not only from the obvious sources but also local businesses, which have provided some £100,000 for important new projects.

Meanwhile, Groundwork London's design for the King George's Field Playscape, which grew out of consultation with local children who were encouraged to visit the tree nurseries and boulder quarries that were to supply the scheme, will inspire for years to come.

Full details will be published in a special awards supplement in the November edition of Garden Retail magazine, out on 20 November. A special awards supplement on the Horticulture Week Landscape & Amenity Awards will be published in next week's edition of HW.

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