Cardwell Garden Centre celebrates 50th anniversary

Cardwell Garden Centre in Gourock, Inverclyde celebrates it's 50th anniversary this year.

The family-owned and run business has had a complete rebrand of the company image to bring it up to date to represent a modern business with a secure history in gardening and retail.

Cardwell now has 10,000sqm of undercover space, while the Patio Restaurant is in its third incarnation and can seat 300.  The garden centre's craft and hobby centre won a national award in 2012 for its product displays.

This year will Cardwell made an effort to combat the adverse weather by having indoor BBQ demonstrations, the second of which will be with Weber at the end of July.

Away from retail, Cardwell's contract and grounds maintenance division continues to grow and has recently secured a long term deal for landscaping and winter treatments for one of the largest shopping centres in Scotland. Cardwell's fleet of snow ploughs and gritters has grown again this year.

In 2012, Cardwell introduced a customer reward card that has been taken up by more than 2,000 customers in its first four months.

An online store opens in August with Cardwell owners the Gallagher family expecting crafts, gifts and kitchen wear  to be popular. Cardwell also has two major developments in planning to be carried out over the winter.

For his achievements over the last 50 years, founder and chairman Eric Gallagher has received a coveted lifetime achievement award to recognise his services to business and the local community. This was only the second trophy of its type issued by Greenock Chamber of Commerce.

He has also been awarded the Rotary Club Paul Harris award and the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society’s award for significant contribution to horticulture in Scotland.

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