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GCA names its garden centres of excellence

Published: 3 October 2007
Annual audit of members reveals standards are as high as ever with 15 garden centres scoring over 84%.
GCA names its garden centres of excellence
The GCA has named garden centres from as far and wide as London to Tyne and Wear as Garden Centres of Excellence.

In naming the 15 centres which received the accolade, Ian Boardman, senior GCA inspector said: "From a GCA point of viewpoint, standards have increasing and this is a huge credit to all the staff involved for all their hard work."

Of all the GCA audits carried out this year, 98 centres improved, and the average score has gone up from 74% in 2006 to 75%.

The 15 centres are:

  • Armitages Pennine Garden Centre

  • Aylett Nurseries, Hertfordshire

  • Bents Garden Centre Nurseries, Cheshire

  • Coolings Nurseries, Kent

  • Cowell's Garden Centre, Tyne & Wear

  • Frosts at Woburn Sands, Buckinghamshire

  • Grosvenor Garden Centre, Cheshire

  • Heighley Gate Garden Centre, Northumberland

  • Lady Green Garden Centre, Mersyside

  • The Millbrook Garden Company, Kent

  • Sunshine Garden Centre. London

  • Trelawney Garden Leisure, Cornwall

  • Woodlands Nurseries, Leicestershire

  • Webbs of Wychbold, Worcestershire

  • Whiteleys Garden Centre, Yorkshire


  • The overall winner will be awarded GCA Garden Centre of the Year 2008; this centre has to achieve the highest marks from the top three scoring centres; all have to undergo a second unannounced inspection.

    For comment and reaction read next week's DIY Week – out on Friday October 12.

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