The Gardens Group has picked up three awards at the Garden Centre Association's (GCA) annual conference in Cirencester held on Monday 26th January.
The Group, which has garden centres in Sherborne, Yeovil and Poundbury, picked up the Green City Town and Country Outstanding Commitment Award, along with an Outstanding Achievement Award for its speedy recovery after a fire at Castle Gardens in March 2008, and a national award for its dazzling Christmas Displays.
Mike Burks, MD of The Gardens Group comments: "The Garden Centre Association awards are the equivalent of the Oscars to us gardeners and we are so excited to have received three awards when we were up against some really stiff competition. The teams at our three Garden Centres work tirelessly all year round and awards like this really show that hard work does pay off."
The GCA joined forces with the Green City initiative to promote the real value of plants and green space, and as the winner of the Outstanding Commitment Award The Gardens Group is not only permitted to use the Green City logo as an endorsement of its green approach, but is also being held up as the 'best of the best' and a true champion of the local community.
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. "We were very impressed with The Gardens Group's entry into the Green City awards, they submitted a diary full of all the activities and initiatives the three centres carry out within their local communities; from hanging basket competitions with schools, tidying up the local green spaces with teenagers, helping children and adults with learning difficulties to learn about growing, loaning plants for charity events and providing children with free seeds so they can plant at school or home - the list is long!" commented Amanda Long, GCA Green City judge.
"Working within the community is something the team here really enjoys doing. We get so much support from businesses and people in the local area, and our involvement in local community and environmental projects is our way of saying thank you. It was really exciting looking back over the pictures and material from events we have held in the past, and we will continue to work with people and businesses in the local area for many years to come," finished Mike.
For further information please contact Mike Burks at Castle Gardens, tel 01935 814633.
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(120) February 2009