The Garden Retail Award for Lifetime Achievement Winner - Eddie Topping

Very much a pioneer of the garden centre world, Eddie Topping has been at the helm of Barton Grange Group for nearly 50 years. During that time the ever-changing, dynamic, multi-faceted business has held its place at the forefront of the industry.

Lifetime Achievement Winner - Eddie Topping - image: Barton Grange Group
Lifetime Achievement Winner - Eddie Topping - image: Barton Grange Group
His outgoing personality and determination to see the industry continue to progress over the past few decades have seen him heavily involved in the HTA, Garden Centre Association (GCA) and BALI.

Indeed, he has held the position of both HTA president and GCA chairman.

In 1963, Topping set up the North West's first garden centre in the grounds of his mother's hotel, from where he also operated Barton Grange Landscapes.

Over the next four decades he saw the business expand with three wholesale nurseries, a further hotel, two more garden centres, a printing business and a concession to run the first garden centres within DIY sheds. He also developed label-ledge, a garden centre label display system.

During the past 20 years he has handed over the day-to-day running of his empire to his three sons, but he is still a great ambassador for his business and keeps a close eye on what is going on.

Topping was awarded the Pearson Memorial Medal by the HTA, is a fellow of Myerscough College and was awarded an MBE for services to charity in 2003.

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