Garden Retail Awards 2011 - THE WINNERS

The Garden Retail awards attracted almost 400 industry figures to Grosvenor House in London last night.

The best in the garden centre business won accolades for their entries across 18 categories.

See photos in our Garden Retail Awards gallery.


Best new plant:  Physocarpus ‘Little Devil’ John Woods Nurseries.
Finalist: David Austin Roses ‘Wollerton Old Hall’

Best New Product: Scotts Miracle-Gro Roseclear Ultra.
Finalists: Westland Horticulture West + multipurpose compost 4 month feed, Vital Earth Vitalizer natural fertiliser

Best Business development: Millbrook Garden Company. Finalist: Hayes Garden World.
Highly Commended: Scotsdales Garden Centre, Mill End Nursery.

Best Customer Service: Scotsdales.
Finalists: Simpsons Garden Centre, Old Barn Nursery & Garden Centre, Garden & Leisure, Stanway Garden Centre. Highly commended: Sidmouth Garden Centre.

Best Catering: World’s End Garden Centre Group.
Finalists: Endsleigh Garden & Leisure, Monkton Elm  Garden & Pet Centre. Highly commended: Lowden Garden Centre, Simpsons Garden Centre

Best Pets/Aquatics department: Monkton Elm Garden Centre

Best Planteria: Planters Garden Centre. Finalists: Woodcote Green Garden Centre, Sidmouth Garden Centre, Stockton Garden Centre, World’s End Garden Centre.

Retail Outlet under £3m turnover: Sidmouth Garden Centre. Finalists: Tunbridge Wells Garden Centre Albrighton Garden Centre.
Highly commended: Lowden Garden Centre.

Retail Outlet over £3m turnover: Woodcote Green.
Finalists: Grosvenor, Simpsons, Huntingdon Garden & Leisure, Monkton Elm, Blooms Cardiff. Highly commended: Perrywood Garden Centre & Nurseries.

Urban Garden Centre: North One.
Finalists: Fulham Palace Garden Centre, Syon Park Garden Centre.

Best Themed Promotion: Fermoy’s.
Finalists: RHS Garden Wisley.

Commitment to Staff development: Homebase/MorePerformance.
Finalists: Garden & Leisure, Grosvenor, Shenstone Garden Centre, Harrow Garden Centre.

Community Involvement: Woodcote Green.
Finalists: St Peters’ Garden Centre, Fermoy’s, Grosvenor, Monkton Elm. Highly commended: Coolings Nurseries, The Gardens Group.

Best Environmental Policy: Sanders Garden World Garden Centre Group

Employee of the Year: Sarah Dumont, Fermoy’s.
Finalists: Darren Knapman (Sidmouth), Adrian Youdell (Cadbury Garden & Leisure), Julie Pike (Woodcote Green),  Dale Pane (Mill End Nursery), Susan Asprey (Wisley)

Westland Garden Centre Trainee of the year: Will Foulkes, Weybridge Garden Centre Group.
Finalists: Max Sims (Garden & Leisure), Dave Booker (Cadbury Garden & Leisure).

Sales team of the Year: Sidmouth Garden Centre. Finalists: Endsleigh Garden & Leisure, RHS Garden Wisley.

Lifetime Achievement: Eddie Topping, Barton Grange Garden Centre

Sponsors included: Landgard, HTA, Greenfield Software, PATS, Floramedia, Quinton Edwards, Mr Fothergill’s, Sinclair, Bayer, Westland and MorePeople.

Judging panel:

Steve Bradley (gardening correspondent, The Sun), Val Bradley (gardening correspondent, The Sun), Graham Clarke (director, Hamdene Horticultural Publishing Services), Chris Day (Plant publicity manager, Buckingham Garden Centre), Paul Pleydell (director Pleydell Smithyman), Mark Rosenberg (news editor Amateur Gardening), Gavin McEwan (features editor Horticulture Week), Doug Stewart (partner Waring Stewart Associates), Eve Tigwell (director Eve Tigwell Consultancy), Leslie L Kossoff (founder and principal, The Kossoff Group).

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