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GTN's Greatest Christmas Awards are back!

They’re back, all be it in a virtual form.  GTN’s Greatest Christmas Awards are back for 2020 to celebrate all that’s great about garden centres at Christmas through the pages of GTN and the GTN Xtra e-mail newsletter.


It's simple to take part, all you have to do is start taking photos of your displays and ideas now, send an e-mail to, or look out for the November issue of GTN which will be published next week, for the full entry details of each category and pledge a small donation to Greenfingers Charity to help create more gardens at Children's Hospices during 2021.


Here are the categories for GTN’s Greatest Christmas Awards 2020

  • The Greatest Christmas Houseplant Team
  • The Greatest Outdoor Plant and Christmas Tree Team
  • The Greatest Festive Food Hall Team
  • The Greatest Christmas Sizzle Team (for sales of BBQ’s, firepits, furniture etc)
  • The Greatest Christmas Pets Team
  • The Greatest Christmas Community or Charity Initiative
  • The Greatest Social Media Christmas Marketing Idea
  • The Greatest Garden Centre Christmas Video
  • The Greatest Winter Garden Care Sales Team
  • The Greatest Covid Safe Christmas Display Team
  • The Greatest Christmas Supplier (as voted for by garden centres)
  • The Greatest Group Garden Centre Christmas Team
  • The Greatest Small Garden Centre Christmas Team
  • The Greatest Mid-Sized Garden Centre Christmas Team
  • The Greatest Large Garden Centre Christmas Team

We all love to see other centres displays and ideas, especially at Christmas, and as Lockdown 2 and travel restrictions make that difficult what better way to provide a solution for everyone than inviting garden centres to submit their own photos and videos as part of GTN’s Greatest Christmas Awards.

  • Launch date:  GTN Xtra 16th November and GTN’s November print issue
  • Publication of photo’s and videos as they come in during December in GTN Xtra and GTN’s December issue.  Closing date for entries will be Monday December 14th.
  • Results announced:  GTN Xtra 24th January 2021 and as part of GTN’s January issue which includes our first ever Christmas Products Directory.

We’ve created a list of categories which we feel reflect Christmas trading for 2020 and we have a team of expert judges on standby to plough through all of the entries and hold video meetings with short listed teams before making their final decisions about the winners.


There are opportunities for suppliers to also be involved in GTN's Greatest Christmas Awards by offering stock for Christmas 2021 as prizes for the winners.  Please contact for more details.


So, what are you waiting for, get snapping and send an e-mail today to to get your entry registered.


As you'll see below in GTN Xtra we've already had one photo tour to publish, from Barton Grange, and at the weekend we received this Christmas video from the team at the Old Railway Line Garden Centre


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