Brookside, Ruxley Manor and Frosts Woburn Sands pick up The Greatest Christmas Grotto Team awards Sponsored by Norfolk Leisure and The National Christmas Tree Company
There was strong competition in The Greatest Christmas Grotto Team category with three garden centres picking up gold awards – Frosts Woburn Sands and Ruxley Manor (joint winners, large centre) and Brookside (small centre).
Andrew Evans, of Ruxley Manor, said: “Our Santa’s Grotto is a big part of out Christmas offering so we put a lot of effort into making it special. We have 60 elves and we use the feedback from them to make next year’s grotto even better. Winning this award is important to us and it ensures we keeping improving because if we don’t, someone else will take our place on the podium.”
Alison Shead, of Brookside, said: “Our grotto is all about what children want – that may sound obvious but it’s something that’s often overlooked. Our eight-year-old son came up with the idea of having a moon in the display this year, and we’re always listening for good ideas. So much effort goes into our grotto so this award means everything to us.”
Gold winners pictured above - Frosts, Ruxley Manor and Brookside.
Chessington (above left) and Snowdonia (above right) picked up silver awards.
Hetland Garden Centre (above) won The Greatest Grotto Team in Scotland
Keelham Hall garden centre and farm shop (above) scooped The Greatest Grotto Team in the North
Gold Award: Brookside (small centre); Ruxley Manor and Frosts Woburn Sands (joint winners, large centre)