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21 Jan 2021

The GTN Greatest Christmas Awards: meet the 2020 winners

The GTN Greatest Christmas Awards: meet the 2020 winners

Celebrating all that’s great about garden centres at Christmas, the GTN Greatest Christmas Awards  bring the industry together to celebrate great work over the festive season. Hosted by GTN’s Trevor Pfeiffer, and a panel esteemed judges, this is the perfect way to reflect on a unique year for retail.
Following the exciting Winners' Ceremony, which you can watch again here, meet the winners of Christmas 2020. 

The Greatest Christmas Houseplant Team  & The Greatest Large Garden Centre Christmas Team - Barton Grange

The Greatest Christmas Houseplant Team Award is sponsored by Woodlodge

The Greatest Large Garden Centre Christmas Team Award is sponsored by Festive

Barton Grange Garden Centre opened in March 2008 and are committed to running an environmentally friendly business As an independent, family run business, the Barton Grange team are totally committed to the old-fashioned ideas of friendly customer service and good, solid advice. The award winning garden centre is just one part of the Barton Grange story and sits alongside a landscaping business as well as three large nurseries and much more! Their impressive houseplant department has a lovely range of indoor flowering plants, rich foliage plants, Bonsai, Orchids, Cacti and trailing plants as well as stylish pots and planters to complement customers' decor and a plant care section.

Highly Commended - The Greatest Christmas Houseplant Team: Pengelly and The Old Railway Line. 

Highly Commended - The Greatest Large Garden Centre Christmas Team: Baytree, Hillmount and Perrywood

The Greatest Outdoor Plant and Christmas Tree Team - Pughs Radyr

Sponsored by GTN Bestsellers 

The Pugh family have been supplying the local community with unrivalled gardening products and knowledge since the 1930s. Committed to keeping things local, Pugh's thrive on supporting their local communities, and are involved with a variety of community projects and charitable events throughout the year. 

Highly Commended: Aylett Nurseries, Pengelly and Barton Grange. 

The Greatest Festive Food Hall Team - The Old Railway Line

Sponsored by Garden Radio

Christmas is always a special event at the Old Railway Line and this year was no exception! From decorating festive tables to discovering spectacular tree toppers, customers have all the choice at The Old Railway line when it comes to making Christmas magical. The Old Railway Line Farm Shop is packed with amazing food and drink including fresh produce, sweet treats, beverages, preserves and more, featuring quality produce from over 60 Welsh and local suppliers.

Highly Commended: Barton Grange, Colemans Garden Centre, Planters Tamworth and Squires Badshot Lea. 

The Greatest Christmas Sizzle Team - Altons BBQ World

Sponsored by SOLEX

Altons Garden Centre are a family run business in Essex stocking thousands of fantastic outdoor and garden products to meet every possible garden need. The Altons team understand that choosing garden equipment or furniture can be a difficult sometimes be a daunting task but they strive to make it easy for every customer. 

Highly Commended: Hillmount

The Greatest Christmas Pets Team - The Old Railway Line

Sponsored by Smart Garden Products, Zöon

Whether a pet has fur, feathers or fins, The Old Railway Line pet and aquatics department stock products for a variety of pets including cats, dogs and small animals, as well as pet and wild birds. Their aquatics department has everything customers need to set up indoor aquariums or outdoor pond – including fish, with a "traffic light" system to support customers choose the right fish for their environment.

Highly Commended: Planters Tamworth and Squires Badshot Lea

The Greatest Christmas Community/Charity Initiative & The Greatest Small Garden Centre Christmas Team - Pengelly 

The Greatest Christmas Community/Charity Initiative award is sponsored by Kaemingk

The Greatest Small Garden Centre Christmas Team award is sponsored by Ascalon

From tiny beginnings in 1993, Pengelly Garden Centre has travelled on an amazing journey and now encompasses a garden centre, growing nursery, shop and potting shed. Stockng everything from bedding and perennials to seeds and bulbs, with a range that encompasses traditional and exotic breeds, Pengelly Garden Centre has something for everyone. This Christmas the Pengelly team delivered an impressive amount of meals to their local food bank and kept us all cheerful with their impromptu Christmas sing-a-longs. 

Highly Commended - The Greatest Christmas Community/Charity Initiative: Daisy Nook, Dobbies, Perrywood and Thetford Garden Centre

Highly Commended - The Greatest Small Garden Centre Christmas Team: Jacksdale and Lakeside Plant Centre

The Greatest Social Media Christmas Marketing Idea - Groves

Sponsored by Glee 

Founded in 1866, Groves is one of Dorset's largest garden centres. This year, we loved their #ChristmasIsntCancelled social media campaign and were joining in the festive fun by helping Santa find all the things he needed at Groves to make sure he could deliver his presents on time. 

Highly Commended: Altons BBQ World, Hillmount and The Old Railway Line

The Greatest Garden Centre Christmas Video - The Old Railway Line

Sponsored by Premier Decorations

Take a look at the winning video below: 


 

Highly Commended: Bosworths, Glendoick and Pengelly

The Greatest Winter Garden Care Sales Team - Baytree

Sponsored by Elho

Baytree is much more than just a garden centre; it is a wonderful world of endless discovery, where both the specialist and beginner can explore every aspect of gardening in breathtaking display of over 16 acres of retail area. It's the sheer scale and diversity mean there’s a surprise around every corner and new attractions and changing themes await customers every time they call. 

Highly Commended: Lakeside Plant Centre

The Greatest Covid Safe Christmas Display Team - Aylett Nurseries and Barton Grange

Sponsored by Global Journey

Our joint winners, Aylett Nurseries and Barton Grange rose to the occasion this year. Despite COVID-19 restrictions, both of our winners created beautiful Christmas displays that captured the magic of the season whilst keeping everyone safe and secure. 

Highly Commended: Baytree

The Greatest Group Garden Centre Christmas Team -  Squires Badshot Lea

Sponsored by DCUK

Squires' Badshot Lea branch is the group's largest outlet. Located just outside the lovely Georgian town of Farnham,  Squires Badshot Lea is well known in the locality and has particular expertise in aquatics and pets. Their refurbished Café Bar features beautiful new furniture, décor and an exciting new children’s area. An extensive plant area houses a fantastic selection of shrubs, trees and garden plants and the garden centre offers a massive selection of gardening products, furniture, BBQs, gifts, craft and food.

Highly Commended: British Garden Centres Thatcham

The Greatest Mid-Sized Garden Centre Christmas Team - Busy Bee

Sponsored by Kaemingk

Busy Bee Garden Centre is situated on the sunny Isle of Wight and is home to one of the South Coast's most popular Christmas attractions - Christmas World! Since 2013 Busy Bee has been focused on becoming not only a much-loved island company but one of the UK’s best garden centres with a focus on quality, choice and great prices.

Highly Commended: Glendoick, Planters Tamworth, Sapcote and The Old Railway Line

The Greatest Christmas Supplier - Kaemingk

Founded in 1936 the world of Kaemingk is surprisingly versatile. As wholesaler this inspiring brand offer all-round home & garden collections for all seasons: Christmas, Spring/Summer, Outdoor living. With a mission to offer their customers the innovative home accessories they are looking for, Kaemingk always keep a sharp focus on the upcoming trends and are constantly investing in trend research travelling all over the world looking for new ideas, great designs, novel materials and fashionable colours.

Shortlisted: Festive, Gisela Graham, Noma - Leisuregrow, Otterhouse, Premier, Smart - Three Kings, Snowtime and Swift Imports

 

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