If you follow our Facebook page then you may have seen that James had a rather special night out a couple of weeks ago in London! The Grand Connaught Rooms were the venue for the annual Garden Retail Awards hosted by Horticulture Week and James was there for the ceremony. The trip was more than worthwhile when Green Pastures was announced as the winner of the Best Business Project category for a single site.
The Garden Retail Awards celebrate the very best in the UK Garden Centre Industry and the ceremony was attended by almost 300 guests. Joining Green Pastures as winners were household names including B&Q, Hozelock, Hilliers Garden Centres and TV personality Richard Jackson. Prizes were awarded by comedian Paul Sinha, best known from ITV’s “The Chase”.
Judges praised Green Pastures for the “huge effort and hard work” invested in rebuilding and extending the garden centre, farm shop and restaurant. The introduction of Bergh Apton’s new village Post Office was described as a “masterstroke” and the business was hailed as “a family business at the heart of its local area”. Judges were also impressed with Green Pastures commitment to using so many local businesses for its building project as well as its emphasis on local produce made available to their customers. Green Pastures fended off stiff competition from other independent garden centres that had also invested heavily in their futures.
We are incredibly proud of this national award and would like to thank all of our contractors, suppliers, staff and customers for making us what we are today. We are so grateful to everyone who has helped us achieve this whether through building, serving, decorating or baby-sitting! The (very heavy) award is now safely back in Bergh Apton, joining our other recent award for Best Restaurant in Norfolk. We’ll start work on the trophy cabinet soon…..!