A Hersham garden centre has been named Best Garden Centre by the Garden Centre Association (GCA).

The GCA represents nearly 200 garden centres nationwide. Their annual awards for the South Thames region were held at Squire’s in Badshot Lea earlier this month.

Squire’s Hersham won Garden Centre of the Year for the second year in a row. They also won the Best Restaurant, Best Garden Products Retailer and Best Outdoor Living Retailer, which they won jointly with Squire’s Cobham.

The Long Ditton branch won Best Indoor Lifestyle Retailer. Meanwhile, Squire’s Shepperton won Garden Centre of the Year, Best Indoor Lifestyle Retailer, Best Outdoor Living Retailer and Best Garden Products Retailer in the North Thames Region.

Sarah Squire, deputy chairman at Squire’s commented: “It was so lovely to see the good work of our garden centre teams recognised and rewarded by the Garden Centre Association.

“The icing on the cake was that Squire’s Hersham won best garden centre for the South Thames region, and Squire’s Shepperton won best garden centre in the North Thames region. These are truly magnificent achievements!

“These results recognise a huge amount of hard work, at those centres and across all of our centres, as we work together to improve all the time and encourage each other and share best practice. Many congratulations to all our teams, we enjoyed two amazing evenings celebrating everyone’s hard work!”

Over 140 representatives from garden centres throughout the region attended the events to hear the report of the GCA inspector who audited all the garden centres and destination garden centres in the area.