A local family business is polishing up its Christmas credentials after winning a prestigious industry award.

David and Karen Wilson, owners of Hetland Garden Centre in Carrutherstown recently returned from a Garden Industry awards ceremony held in Harrogate as the proud winners of Scotland for ‘The Best Christmas Grotto Team’ in recognition of its outstanding festive retail display. Organised by Garden Trade News, the leading publication for the garden centre industry, the annual awards ceremony celebrates and acknowledges excellence amongst garden centres as voted for by a panel of expert judges. Beating of some excellent competition from garden centres throughout Scotland, David and Karen’s Christmas Grotto was recognised as one of the best in the UK.

Commenting on his success, David said; “The staff worked really hard in November to provide our customers with a magical Christmas experience and this included our Christmas grotto and Mrs Clause in her cabin telling the children stories before they entered the Ice Cave to visit Santa. We also had Reindeer for the first time which proved a great hit. It is really rewarding to see it was appreciated and enjoyed”.

Garden Centre expert Neville Stein, said; “In the course of my work I visit a lot of garden centres and the Christmas experience at Hetland really is one of the best I have seen in many years. David and his team always manage to create a magical experience for their customers and so it is very pleasing to see their efforts rewarded.

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