GCA set to revive regional events

The GCA is rewarding its best centres in an attempt to revive its regional meeting structure.

The South Thames and North Thames regions held awards events last week, with the Midlands to follow at Planters Garden Centre in September, and the North - organised by Armitage's - after that.

GCA representative Pat Adams said: "This is the first time we've done this. We're trying to regenerate our regional meetings. We attracted 75 to North Thames at Van Hage last week when there were just five people at the (previous) meeting. David Little at Poplars instigated it."

In South Thames, after an audit by consultants Roger Crooks and Ian Boardman, division chairman Andy Bunt, who is general manager at Haskins Snowhill, honoured many of the 36 centres in the region.

Millbrook operations director Tammy Woodhouse said: "Winning is down to a really good team all focused on working together. They have lots of enthusiasm and energy."

SOUTH THAMES AND NORTH THAMES WINNERS


SOUTH THAMES
Best People
: Millbrook Garden Centre Gravesend/Coolings
Best Gardening Retailer: Millbrook
Best Garden Centre
: Millbrook
Best Plant Department: Coolings
Best Restaurant: Polhill Garden Centre
Best Service and Facilities: Garsons Esher
Best Specialist Retailer: Garsons Titchfield
Most Improved: Haskins Snowhill Garden Centre/Shoots Washington
Best Display Idea: Haskins Ferndown
Outstanding Achievement: Castle Gardens


NORTH THAMES
Best People
: Ayletts
Best Gardening Retailer: Poplars
Best Garden Centre: Frosts Woburn Sands
Best Restaurant: Frosts Brampton
Best Lifestyle Retailer: Sunshine
Best Service and Facilities: Ayletts
Best Specialist Retailer: Frosts Woburn Sands
Most Improved: Van Hage Chenies
Best Display Idea: Van Hage Great Amwell
Outstanding Achievement: Burford
Best Restaurant: Frosts Brampton


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