GTN January/February 2022 - Garden Trade News, UK

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GTN’s GREATEST CHRISTMAS AWARDS

The Greatest Judges and Sponsors A team of truly great Christmas Judges visited all of the nominated garden centres in this years Greatest Christmas Awards. Here’s their overall comments:

Andy Campbell Whilst I have done many Christmas Competition judging tours in the past, this was the first time I have been involved in The Greatest Christmas Awards. It was great to talk with all the teams involved in planning and creating inspiring, magical displays alongside highly commercial retailing practise. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and came away highly enthused by the skills and professionalism within our industry. Thank you and well done the garden centre industry!

Doug Stewart Fantastic, it is so good to see such an amazing array of winners. Congratulations to the teams on their outstanding achievements. Best practice oozed from garden centres this Christmas.

Steve Myatt The standards of the displays, the innovation and presentation developments grows more impressive year by year.

Neil and Nicci Gow The standards of retailing we saw this Christmas, given all the difficulties of supply, working safely and never knowing when the next lockdown might come, just shows the resilience and determination of our highly professional industry. Staff who are passionate and enthusiastic were rightly proud of what they had created, from the smallest centre with a limited budget to the biggest destination centres, made selecting finalists a really tough task. Everybody deserved a gold award!

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