Sherborne's Castle Gardens and Cheshire's Bents take top place for their Christmas displays

Castle Gardens team
Castle Gardens team

Castle Gardens in Sherborne, Dorset has been announced as the overall winner in the garden centre category in the Garden Centre Association Christmas awards 2013.

Judges were wowed by this year’s displays at Castle Gardens which allowed visitors to travel through 1970’s-themed rooms, Peter Pan’s bedroom and end up in front of the judges of Strictly Come Dancing.

Louise Burks, managing director of The Gardens Group and head of Christmas, says: "We’re so pleased to have won the national awards, our team works hard on the Christmas displays and every member of staff gets involved to help make sure the displays look their absolute best.

Meanwhile Bents Garden & Home in Cheshire scooped the Garden Centre Association overall award in the destination garden centre category.

Both centres will be officially crowned at the GCA annual conference in Blackpool, 26 to 29 January.

Regional winners were as follows:

  • North West: Bents and All in One Garden Centre
  • South Thames Region: Ransoms Garden Centre, Jersey Gardens and Castle Gardens
  • Wales and west area: Endsleigh in Devon and Raglan Garden Centre in Wales
  • North Thames region: Van Hage Great Amwell and Sunshine Garden Centre
  • North east: Armitage's Pennine Garden Centre and Armitage's Birchencliffe Garden Centre 
  • Midlands: Van Hage Peterborough in Cambridgeshire and St Peters Garden Centre in Worcestershire.

GCA chairman Peter Burks said: "We continue to be amazed by how our members raise the standards of their Christmas displays; this year's competition was fiercer than ever. Congratulations to all our winners.

Hilton Blackpool Hotel in Blackpool from January 26 until 29."

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