We received the award in the annual Greatest Awards organised by Garden Trade News and involving hundreds of garden centres across the UK.
Six awards are made each year in the Greatest Garden Centre Team category: one for the UK overall, three for different English regions, one for Wales and one for Scotland. Garden centres are judged for these awards by the public – customers are asked to vote for their favourite garden centres across the UK. We were thrilled to hear we’d received the most votes from all the participating garden centres in Scotland to scoop the Scottish award.
Helen says: “Receiving any award is wonderful but there’s something extra special about this kind of award which is based on what customers think of us. We’ve been able to see the comments customers made when voting for us and are absolutely delighted at what they’ve said. They highlighted the warm, friendly welcome they feel they receive at Merryhatton, our expert advice, high standard of customer service, and our range of quality products. All of these are areas we’ve been working to develop at Merryhatton, so it’s great to hear that our customers really value all the improvements we’ve made.”
We were also Highly Commended in the Top of the Pots category at the awards. This was for the work we’ve done recently in encouraging people to try their hand at gardening by planting a pot. This included our recent primary school gardening competition which drew in entries from children across East Lothian.
Helen and Vivian picked up our awards at an awards dinner on 6 July at the National Motorcyle Museum in Birmingham. The event was attended by around 250 garden centre staff from across the UK, and hosted by celebrity TV gardener Diarmuid Gavin.