Five awards for garden centre

Roger Wale, Manager of Heighley Gate Nursery & Garden Centre, with members of staff from the garden centre and their Garden Centre Association (GCA) awards.
Roger Wale, Manager of Heighley Gate Nursery & Garden Centre, with members of staff from the garden centre and their Garden Centre Association (GCA) awards.

A GARDEN centre has scooped five awards from a leading industry body.

Heighley Gate, near Morpeth, was presented with the accolades at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) north east area ceremony in Preston.

Centre manager Roger Wale said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been acknowledged by the GCA, which is the industry’s top standards organisation that awards excellence at garden centres.

“It is a great recognition of the team’s hard work during the past year.

“We were awarded first place in the best display, best food hall, the best gardening retailer Garden Industry Manufacturers’ Association award and best service and facilities categories.

“We also won the award for the most improved centre and received a highly commended, which means we scored more than 80 per cent overall in our inspection.

“Furthermore, we received awards of merit in several categories including approach and car park, catering, checkout area, garden centre staff and indoor lifestyle.

“I’d like to thank all the staff for helping us to scoop these momentous awards.”

Heighley Gate lies in 40 acres of grounds and more than half the plants sold at the centre are home grown.

It has more than 150 members of staff.

Roger added: “We pride ourselves on being one of the best-known garden centres in the area.

“We continuously provide top quality plants for the centre and the garden centre industry.

“The GCA is a well respected industry body that gives consumers reassurance that they are visiting the very best garden centres in the area.

“We have won numerous awards in the past few years and are tremendously pleased with this, our latest in a long-line of top accolades.”

For more information, please call Heighley Gate Nursery & Garden Centre, which is located near Morpeth on the A697 Wooler to Coldstream road, on 01670 513 416 or visit www.heighleygate.com.