Management and staff at local garden centre CountryLife Fethard are celebrating after receiving a four-star accreditation at the Bord Bia National Horticulture Awards which took place in Dublin last Friday.
The awards recognise the top gardening businesses in the country and their dedication to achieving the highest standards of operation. Garden Centres across Ireland were audited and scored on a list of criteria including; plant range and quality; customer service; local promotion; customer information and overall ambience.
In their citation, the judges praised CountryLife Fethard for their “attention to detail throughout the store and the team’s passion and enthusiasm for plants.”
Glanbia’s CountryLife garden centres dominated the Oscars of the Garden Centre industry with ten branches successfully achieving the standards set out by Bord Bia’s Quality Assurance Programme and seven stores achieving the coveted 4-star accreditation.
CountryLife Fethard was one of the seven CountryLife garden centres in the network to win four-star status at the National Amenity Horticulture Quality Awards, while a further three CountryLife centres were awarded three-star accreditation. CountryLife Castlecomer was awarded ‘DIY Garden Centre of the Year’ for the fourth year in a row.
Commenting on the achievement, James Byrne, Retail Marketing Manager, Glanbia said - “CountryLife is eight years in operation and we have entered the National Amenity Horticulture Awards for the last four years. To have taken home so many awards this year is a tribute to our talented and hardworking team of horticulturists in all our stores. We are delighted to have achieved the 4-star standard in four more stores this year and to win DIY Garden Centre of the Year for the fourth year running is the icing on the cake. We’re thankful to all our customers for their loyalty and support”.
Linda Kelly, Head Horticulturist, CountryLife Fethard said - “We’re delighted that our Garden Centre has been recognised as a 4-star garden centre, it’s the first time we’ve received four stars and are just over the moon that all our hard work and dedication has paid off”