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Perrywood, Castle Gardens, Aylett Nurseries and Fron Goch win GTN's Greatest Garden Centre Awards

GTN presented their Greatest Garden Centre Awards after dinner at the HTA Garden Futures conference last week.

Gold Awards for Garden Centre Team of the Year went to Perrywood and Castle Gardens; the Garden Care Team of the Year Gold Award was won by Aylett Nurseries; Smart Garden Products were voted as The Greatest Garden Products Supplier of the Year by all of the centres we visited during the spring and summer; and the GCA Grow training sheme won Gold for The Greatest Training Initiative of the Year.

Commmenting on the winners, GTN’s Trevor Pfeiffer, who presented the awards with BBC TV journalist and Countryfile presenter Tom Heap, said: “The winners of these awards were the teams who best used great teamwork to achieve excellent retailing, not just in one part of the centre but across all departments from shop front to planteria and from restaurant to garden furniture sales.”


The Greatest Garden Care Retail Team of the Year

Bronze Award: Blue Diamond Group                        

Silver Award: Altons                                                

Gold Award:  Aylett Nurseries                                            


The Greatest Garden Centre Customer Service Team of the Year

Bronze Award: Planters Tamworth                                        

Silver Award: Chessington                                                   

Gold Award: Fron Goch             

The Greatest Garden Centre Merchandising Team of the Year

Bronze Award: Barton Grange                        

Silver Award: Millbrook Gravesend                         

Gold Award: Perrywood                                         


The Greatest Garden Centre Training Team or Initiative of the Year

Gold Award – GCA Grow


The Greatest Garden Products Supplier of the Year

Gold Award – Smart Garden Products           



The Greatest Garden Centre Team of the Year

Bronze Award – Millbrook Gravesend

Silver Award – Fron Goch

Gold Award – Perrywood and Castle Gardens


  • Altons
  • Aylett Nurseries
  • Barton Grange
  • Baytree
  • Bents
  • Birkacre
  • Blue Diamond Group
  • Burston
  • Castle Gardens
  • Chessington
  • Christies Fochabers
  • Coolings
  • Coolings Green & Pleasant
  • Cowells
  • Fresh@Burcot
  • Fron Goch
  • Glyndwr Plant Centre
  • Green Pastures
  • Hayes Garden World
  • Hillmount
  • Hillview Studley
  • Langlands Leeds
  • Mains of Drum
  • Millbrook Gravesend
  • Notcutts Woodford Park
  • Perrywood
  • Planters Tamworth
  • Poplars
  • Scotsdales
  • Shackletons
  • Squires Badshot Lea
  • Squires Chertsey
  • Stewarts Christchurch
  • Stratford Garden Centre
  • Strikes Garforth
  • Summerhill
  • Webbs Wychbold
  • Whitehall Lacock
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