On track for a hat trick, The Apple Tree Farm Shop at Brimsmore Gardens in Yeovil has walked away with a top prize at the 2013 Garden Centre Association (GCA) awards for the second year running. With the highest points in the Farm Shop Section in the Wales and the West region in the garden centre competition, The Apple Tree Farm Shop was refurbished in 2007 and is part of The Gardens Group.
Roger Crookes, national Garden Centre Association Inspector, comments: "The Apple Tree Farm Shop is a perfect place to go if you're looking for something different to what you might find on a supermarket shelf. It really stood out from the crowd with its offering, not only of interesting and different foods, but also in terms of passion and expertise. For those wanting to support their local community and enjoy a treat, this is the place to go!"
Cath Collins, manager of The Apple Tree Farm Shop, comments: "We're thrilled to have come top again. The GCA awards are the biggest in the Garden Centre industry and we know we came up against some really stiff competition. We make the effort to meet our producers so we know what we're talking about when customers come in, and try to go the extra mile by offering a hamper service, gluten free days and now cheese wedding cakes. We have a really great team of staff who work hard so thanks must go to them for all their hard work."
The Garden Centre Association stamp is a quality mark for garden centres around the UK and its criteria for membership are rigorously upheld to ensure quality and service from all members. In the awards, The Gardens Group also picked up the Best Restaurant in the South Thames area in the Garden Centre Category for the Engine Room at Poundbury Gardens.
Garden Centres in the area are divided into two categories depending on their turnover and the judges examine every aspect of the Garden Centre from the products on offer and the condition of the car park to environmental policies, the quality of the customer experience and the overall team ethos. The Wales and the West region includes Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Wales and Wiltshire.