In This Issue
Kelkay bought by US company for $56million
All hands to the pump at Gardman as backlog gets cleared
QD Group acquires The Barn Garden Centre in Peterborough
Major garden centre projects near completion
Squire's eyes investment opportunties after parting with Windsor centre
GTN's Greatest Christmas Award winners revealed
New deal sees Posh Sheds available to garden centre customers for the first time
Glee at Spring Fair receives positive response
Glee at Spring Fair's New Product Award winner revealed
Klondyke Group holds Furniture and Outdoor Living Showcase
Wyevale Garden Centres celebrates £1.7m fundraising success for Marie Curie
Horticulture and agriculture students’ study trip to Spain
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Glee welcomes new team member to boost UK coverage
Buyers from Denmark, Finland, Latvia and the Netherlands seek new products at Gardenex event
Garden Living: the new consumer website from LOFA
New Burgon & Ball 'Buzz and Dotty' Kneelo kneelers for kids
Plant-athons planned at Klondyke garden centres on Garden Re-Leaf Day
Wildlife World celebrates 20 years in business
GROEN-Direkt’s 2018 Spring Fair: this was the news
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Bunnings owner could exit the UK by June, says newspaper report
Gardman acknowledges teething problems at new distribution centre...but says they're now fixed
Good growth reported for Blue Diamond Group
Top trends for 2018 are inspired by nature
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GCA launches new Rising Star programme for catering staff
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GTN's Greatest Christmas Award winners revealed


GTN's Greatest Christmas Awards were revealed during a special breakfast event at Glee at Spring Fair on Tuesday. Gold award winners included Brookside Kent, Ruxley Manor, The Old Railway Line, Kirktown, Silverbirch and Whitehall Lacock.


The awards, sponsored by Gardman, were presented to gold, silver and bronze winners by Kerry Freeman, head of brand for gardening at Gardman.


Awards organiser Trevor Pfeiffer said the standard of entries for the Greatest Christmas Awards keeps improving.


"The judging gets harder and harder," said Trevor. "The judges were looking for that extra special thing that sets a garden centre apart and they certainly found loads of examples during their visits.


"They were searching out that clever link sale that delivered extra customer satisfaction, a spark of a team member who made a real difference, and evidence of where teamwork really added value."



The full list of award winners are:


The Greatest Festive Plants Team

Gold: The Old Railway Line

Silver: Aylett Nurseries

Bronze:  Mains of Drum



The Greatest Festive Catering Team

Gold: Kirktown

Silver: Bents

Bronze: Woodlands GC, Ash, Kent



The Greatest Christmas Pets Team

Gold: The Old Railway Line

Silver: Planters Tamworth

Bronze: Frosts Woburn Sands



The Greatest Grotto Team

Gold: Brookside, Kent

Gold: Ruxley Manor

Silver: Pughs Radyr

Bronze: Millbrook Gravesend



The Greatest Christmas Display Team – Small Centres

Gold: Silverbirch

Silver:  Castle Gardens

Bronze: Fresh@Burcot

Bronze: Fron Goch



The Greatest Christmas Display Team – Large Centres

Gold: Whitehall Lacock

Silver: Scotsdales Cambridge

Bronze: Summerhill



The Greatest Garden Centre Team at Christmas 2017

Gold: Brookside, Kent

Silver: Summerhill

Bronze: Woodlands GC, Ash, Kent

No 1 in Wales: The Old Railway Line

No 1 in Scotland: Munro's


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