Castle Gardens in Sherborne has been recognised for its outstanding achievement in getting its business up and running just one day after a fire which caused considerable damage. The award for 'Outstanding Achievement' was created especially for Castle Gardens by The Garden Centre Association - a body which represents the best independently-run garden centres across the UK. In addition, Castle Gardens was also given a 'Best Garden Centre Staff' merit award which reflects the spirit and professionalism of the team during a very difficult period.
"Over the last couple of weeks, things have really started to take shape, the roof has been fixed, the shop has been cleared and repainted, carpets are down and work to rebuild the glass house has begun. To achieve such credible awards during what has been a bit of an uphill struggle is a true reflection of the hard work and commitment put in by every member of staff. We are right on track for a spectacular Christmas opening on 23rd October, which we hope will be one to remember!" commented Mike Burks, Managing Director of The Gardens Group.
The Garden Centre Association 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.
Ian Boardman, Garden Centre Association Assessor comments, "I have visited Castle Gardens for many years and was shocked to hear about the fire of course. So it was a real pleasure to see such a cheerful and tidy centre still operating. They had managed to relocate stock and displays, and it was a remarkable accomplishment to be trading again just 24 hours after the fire. The centre has improved every year that I have visited it and this year was no exception, I felt they needed a special award which represented what a huge achievement it was to remain open and positive during such a difficult time. We have never given an award for outstanding achievement but this year it was truly deserved - well done!"