Mains of Drum Garden Centre
Simpsons Garden Centre

MEMBERS of The Garden Centre Association (GCA) in Scotland and Northern Ireland are celebrating after picking up awards during a presentation evening yesterday (Thursday, September 7, 2017) at Klondyke Mayfield. In Scotland The Mains of Drum Garden Centre was awarded Garden Centre of the Year in the Garden Centre (GC) category and Simpsons Garden Centre in the Destination Garden Centre (DGC) category. In Northern Ireland the award for Garden Centre of the Year (GC) went to Creative Gardens Donaghadee.

 

Iain Wylie, Chief Executive of the GCA, said: “The final regional awards presentation evening was a huge success and it was great to hear from Inspector Gordon Emslie, who presented the findings from his inspections earlier in the year.

 

“In Scotland, Caulders Garden Centre, Erskine picked up The Dick Allen Award for Most Improved Centre and Creative Gardens, Bushmills received the same award in Northern Ireland.”

 

The national winners of Garden Centre of the Year and Destination Garden Centre of the Year are announced at the GCA annual conference taking place in January 2016.

Mains of Drum Garden Centre
Mains of Drum Garden Centre

The full results for Scotland and Northern Ireland GCA area awards are as follows for the GC and DGC categories:

 

Scotland

 

Garden Centre of the Year: The Mains of Drum Garden Centre (GC) and Simpsons Garden Centre (DGC)

 

Best Customer Service: Garden Wise – Dumfries

 

Environment and Community Award for Best Environmental Practice: Garden Wise – Dumfries

 

The Barton Grange Trophy for Innovation and Creativity: Simpsons Garden Centre

 

The Dick Allen Award for Most Improved Centre: Caulders Garden Centre, Erskine

 

The ifse Award for Catering Excellence for Best Garden Centre Restaurant: Glendoick Garden Centre (GC) and Raemoir Garden Centre (DGC)

 

The GIMA Award for Best Garden Products Retailer: The Mains of Drum Garden Centre (GC) and Simpsons Garden Centre (DGC)

 

Best Indoor Lifestyle Retailer: Glendoick Garden Centre (GC) and Raemoir Garden Centre (DGC)

 

Best Outdoor Living Retailer: Garden Wise – Dumfries (GC) and Simpsons Garden Centre (DGC)

 

Northern Ireland

 

Garden Centre of the Year: Creative Gardens Donaghadee (GC)

 

Best Customer Service: Creative Gardens Donaghadee

 

Environment and Community Award for Best Environmental Practice: Creative Gardens Bushmills

 

The Barton Grange Trophy for Innovation and Creativity: Creative Gardens Donaghadee

 

The Dick Allen Award for Most Improved Centre: Creative Gardens Bushmills

 

The ifse Award for Catering Excellence for Best Garden Centre Restaurant: Creative Gardens – Galgorm Castle (GC)

 

The GIMA Award for Best Garden Products Retailer: Creative Gardens Bushmills

 

Best Indoor Lifestyle Retailer: Creative Gardens Donaghadee (GC)

 

Best Outdoor Living Retailer: Creative Gardens Donaghadee (GC)

 

The GCA represents nearly 200 garden centres nationwide. Through sharing information and its inspection programme the GCA helps members to achieve high standards in customer service, plant quality and reliability.

 

For further information, please call 01244 952170. Alternatively, please visit www.gca.org.uk, log on to www.facebook.com/pages/GardenCentreAssociation or follow the organisation on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GC_Association.  

 

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