Bents and Castle Gardens take Garden Centre Association Christmas display prizes

The Garden Centre Association has picked its Christmas display winners following a second round of judging which saw area winners pitted against one another.

Castle Gardens
Castle Gardens

Chief executive Iain Wylie said: "We'd like to congratulate Bents in Cheshire who were the stars on the tree in the Destination Garden Centre category, and Castle Gardens in Dorset who scooped the prize in the Garden Centre category."

The garden centres were judged on the innovation, inspiration and excitement created from the way their Christmas products are displayed. The range of products available, accessibility, how easy it is for customers to find and select products and 'wow factor' were also taken into consideration in an assessment of the overall commercial proposition.

Wylie added: "The displays at both garden centres were of a very high standard and we've been very impressed once again by the imaginative offerings these two winners have created.

"Bents has successfully showed what could be achieved in a larger space, while Castle Gardens' effectively demonstrated how a smaller space can still create a big impression. It's the second year running that Bents has achieved this award and Castle Gardens has won the accolade five times now in seven years. These two garden centres are leading the way with their Christmas displays, despite some serious competition biting at their heels."

The runners up in the Destination Garden Centre category were Van Hage Great Amwell in Hertfordshire and Webbs in Worcestershire. In the Garden Centre category, the runners up were Squires Shepperton in Middlesex and and Fron Goch in North Wales.

The awards will be presented at the GCA conference in Chester on January 25-28, where comedian Justin Moorhouse has been confirmed as presenter.

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