Centre wins fourth prize for gardening

Barton Grange Garden Centre has broken the record for the only garden centre in the UK to have won Garden Centre of the year, four times in a row.

Wednesday, 4th February 2015, 8:00 am
Barton Grange Garden Centre has won the Garden Centre of the Year award for the fourth year running, breaking a UK record.

The highly prestigious award confirms the Preston-based, family-run business as the best large garden centre in the UK.

The announcement was made at the annual GCA conference at Carden Park near Chester on January 27.

The Garden Centre was judged and marked by the GCA on everything from its car park and plant area to restaurants and toilets.

Judges looked at the customer service, staff, product range, quality of produce, merchandising, creativity of displays and more.

Managing director of the company Guy Topping said: “It’s quite overwhelming to win this again. We have a wonderful team here, who do a brilliant job making the Garden Centre what it is.

“Tonight we have achieved a record breaking win and I am so proud of all the people who have helped make this possible. This is a great result for Preston and Lancashire because almost all our team are local people.”

Barton Grange Garden Centre at Brock opened in March 2008, having moved from its old premises next to the Barton Grange Hotel in Barton.

It has a covered outdoor area to enable all-weather plant shopping, two restaurants and a Farm Shop.

In 2009, it opened the Cook Shop which has also picked up a number of awards since then.