Britain's Best Retail Nursery - presented by The Sun - Woodlands Nursery & Garden Centre, Leicestershire

Voted for by the public, who have nominated more than 150 garden centres and retail nurseries, this is the only award of its kind in the UK.

Best retail nursery - Woodlands Nursery & Garden Centre, Leicestershire - image: HW
Best retail nursery - Woodlands Nursery & Garden Centre, Leicestershire - image: HW

Almost 1,000 people voted for Garden Centre Group's Woodlands Nursery & Garden Centre in Leicestershire, which is one of the best-known garden centres in the Midlands. It began life as a nursery in 1978, growing bedding plants and tomatoes and producing, at the height of its capacity, four million rooted cuttings a year.

It now grows some 45,000 poinsettias a year and continues to provide top quality plants for the centre and the garden centre industry.

Three times winner of the Garden Centre Association's Garden Centre of Excellence, the centre now occupies 7.2ha of immaculately tended grounds and is staffed by more than 150 employees.

While the emphasis remains on growing stock and gardening products, Woodlands has developed into a destination centre that also offers a great day out for all the family. A vast range of leisure, home, giftware products and cards is complemented by a restaurant selling home-made lunches and snacks. There is also a pet department.

Links with the local community are strong and regular events to promote all aspects of gardening remain ever popular with expert and amateur gardeners alike.

- The Sun gardening correspondent comment

"Over the years, Woodlands has developed a great reputation for the quality of plants it grows year round, and it has used the scale and quality of its production to open the eyes of its visitors to what's produced on site" - Peter Seabrook

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