Cowell's and Barton Grange win at GCA

Cowell's has won the smaller garden centre award again, while Barton Grange has also retained its award as Woodlodge took the associate supplier prize at the GCA conference in St Andrews.

Barton Grange's Guy Topping
Barton Grange's Guy Topping

The centres both won in 2014 and 2015, with Barton Grange winning for a sixth time in 2016. Gardenwise won the smaller centre award in 2016.

Daniel Holden from Barton Grange was Westland rising star winner. The award for Best Marketing Campaign or Initiative was won by The Gardens Group.

Garden Centres of Excellence (top 10 in alphabetical order not order of inspection scores):

  1. Barton Grange Garden Centre
  2. Bents Garden and Home
  3. Burston Rose and Garden Centre
  4. Cowell’s Garden Centre
  5. Gordale Nurseries Ltd
  6. Haskins Garden Centre, Southampton
  7. Haskins Garden Centre, Roundstone
  8. Simpsons Garden Centre
  9. Squires Garden Centre, Milford
  10. Stewarts Garden Centre, Christchurch.

Garden Centre of the Year: Cowell’s Garden Centre.

Destination Garden Centre of the Year: Barton Grange Garden Centre.

Meanwhile, members of the Garden Centre Association won a game of golf with a difference and helped raise £30,000 for Greenfingers.

Book now for the Garden Retail Summit 2017 - the leading independent knowledge and networking event for executives. Taking place in London on 23rd February, this year's event will focus on growth, and include the opportunities and challenges of 'brexit', learnings from the latest garden centre developments - and will be opened with a keynote address from John Cleland, CEO, Dobbies.  For more details and tickets go to:

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