GTN January/February 2022 - Garden Trade News, UK

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Triple Gold for The Old Railway Line


he Old Railway Line scooped the most Gold Awards in GTN’s Greatest Christmas Awards 2021 for The Greatest Mid-Sized Garden Centre Team, The Greatest Covid Safe Christmas Team and The Greatest Christmas Pets Team. Plus, they also collected a Silver award for their Christmas Video. And all just days before they were announced as GCA Garden centre of the year. A truly great team! Our judges said that Christmas at The Old Railway Line had been thought about, planned and created by the whole team across the whole centre. Festive bunting across the Plant Sales Area, staff all wearing festive waistcoats, to adding that bit of Christmas sparkle to their Afternoon Tea display that extra the attention to detail by this team appeared limitless. From the moment you arrived in the car park to the checkouts as you leave, Covid safety was in your mind, with

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signage, sanitising, outdoor seating for coffee and snacks without even entering the main building. Their Christmas events programme had been developed to keep the volume of people outside with donkeys, alpacas and even singing reindeer to entertain along with the Christmas Parade and outdoor children’s disco. In Pets, Christmas had really come to town with a very festive look including an animated nativity scene, a collection for the local animal rescue centre along with loads of gift ideas for pets from the most luxurious coats for your dog to wear right through to coat conditioner! Every corner of the department said “Christmas”, even the cold-water fish tanks were decorated with snow blanket and Vivid Arts penguins. Their Christmas video once again gave the John Lewis Christmas advert a run for its money and we suspect, at a tiny fraction of their budget.