Aqua Landscape Design at Castle Gardens in Sherborne has come third in the aquatics category in the Garden Centre Association (GCA) awards. The specialist water landscaping Company opened at the Garden Centre in 2009 and despite being a new business, it scored very well against many larger established garden centres in the South Thames area.
Andy McConnachie, Managing Director of Aqua Landscape Design comments: "We are absolutely thrilled to be recognised in the GCA awards, especially after just one year at Castle Gardens. Everyone has worked very hard and Mike and the team at Castle Gardens have provided us with the support and opportunities we needed to extend the business; we now have Japanese Koi Units, extended aquatic plant units and a granite water features display. Our whole team is thrilled to have won this award."
The garden centre falls into the South Thames area category and Castle Gardens also picked up awards for its staff and for the houseplants area. Roger Crookes, GCA South Thames area judge comments: "I really enjoyed judging Castle Gardens; the attention to detail in areas such as their wonderful houseplant department is obvious and it's great to know that there is always a member of staff on hand who knows exactly what they are talking about. The aquatic centre stood out as, unlike many other centres, it is not just selling fish and products to take home, it is providing a complete service, from design to installation of ponds and natural pools and the staff seem absolutely passionate about what they do."
The GCA has over 160 members across the UK, and awards are presented to garden centres that really stand out from the crowd. A stringent judging criterion is applied and each year the results of the awards are eagerly awaited.