skip to main content
  • *
  • *
  • *
Find Insight DIY on
* * *


Garden Centre Association announces festive display winners

GCA logo 725 x 500

Barton Grange and Castle Gardens have recently (December, 2016) been announced as the national winners of the 2016 Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual Christmas competition. The garden centres were judged to have the best festive displays in the country by the organisation and will receive their awards at its annual conference in January.

Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive, said: “We are extremely impressed with the standard of entries this year, they just seem to get better and better.

“This year, our judge, Andy Campbell, visited every entrant to determine the area and national winners. It was a tough choice as the displays were so fantastic but we’d like to congratulate Barton Grange in Lancashire, who won in the Destination Garden Centre (DGC) category, and Castle Gardens in Dorset who scooped the top prize in the Garden Centre (GC) section of the awards.”

The garden centres were judged on the innovation, inspiration and excitement created from the way their Christmas products are displayed. The range of products available, accessibility, how easy it is for customers to find and select products and ‘wow factor’ were also taken into consideration in an assessment of the overall commercial proposition.

The area winners in the South Thames area were Ransoms Garden Centre (DGC) and Castle Gardens (GC).

In Wales and West Whitehall Garden Centre – Lacock (DGC) and Whitehall – Whitchurch (GC) were chosen.

In North Thames, the area winners were Van Hage Great Amwell (DGC) and Sunshine Garden Centre (GC) while St Peter’s (DGC) and Fairways – Ashbourne (GC) were selected in the Midlands area.

Barton Grange (DGC) and Fron Gogh Garden Centre (GC) were selected in the North West and in Scotland and Northern Ireland, Donaghadee Garden Centre (GC) was chosen.

The GCA represents nearly 200 garden centres nationwide. Through sharing information and its inspection programme it helps members to achieve high standards in customer service, plant quality and reliability.

The GCA’s annual conference will be held at St Andrews in Scotland between January 22 and 25, 2017. More than 300 delegates are expected to attend the event. For further information, please visit, log on to or follow the organisation on Twitter at

Source : Garden Centre Association 

To advertise on the Insight DIY website and download our media pack, click 

Interested in pricing intelligence? Manually tracking retail prices? There really is a much easier way. Just contact us here.

Sign-up for our weekly newsletter here.


13 December 2016

Related News

view more UK DIY News

Insight provides a host of information I need on many of our company’s largest customers. I use this information regularly with my team, both at a local level as well as with our other international operations. It’s extremely useful when sharing market intelligence information with our corporate office.

Paul Boyce - European CEO, QEP Ltd.

Don't miss out on all the latest, breaking news from the DIY industry