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Bord Bia Amenity Horticulture Awards 2014
Apr 01, 2014

The management and staff at CountryLife Castlecomer are celebrating after winning DIY Garden Centre of the Year for the fourth year in a row and receiving a four-star accreditation to retain their place as Kilkenny’s only four-star garden centre at the National Amenity Horticulture Quality Awards which took place in Dublin last Friday.  

The Bord Bia-organised annual awards recognise the top gardening businesses in the country and their dedication to achieving the highest standards of operation. The judges praised CountryLife Castlecomer for their “fantastic team, excellent quality plants and attention to plant care and maintenance; Along with their attention to detail and continued commitment to develop and improve.” The judges also had the following to say regarding their presentation of ‘DIY Garden Centre of the Year’ to CountryLife Castlecomer. “The combination of retailing professionalism, combined with excellent horticultural standards is a compelling mix at the Castlecomer branch of Glanbia Countrylife. A great achievement very much deserved.”

A second Kilkenny-based store, CountryLife Ballyhale, was awarded three-star status and recognised for its high standard of plant quality and hygiene standards.  

Bord Bia Awards 2013

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 Castlecomer was one of the seven CountryLife garden centres in the network to win four-star status at the National Amenity Horticulture Quality Awards, while Ballyhale was one of a further three CountryLife centres who 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”.

The full list of CountryLife winners is as follows:

Glanbia CountryLife Ashford - 4 Star
 
Glanbia CountryLife Castlecomer - 4 Star

Glanbia CountryLife Dungarvan - 4 Star

Glanbia CountryLife Fethard - 4 Star

Glanbia CountryLife Kilmeaden - 4 Star

Glanbia CountryLife New Ross - 4 Star

Glanbia CountryLife Tullamore - 4 Star

Glanbia CountryLife Ballyhale - 3 Star

Glanbia CountryLife Monasterevin - 3 Star
 
Glanbia CountryLife Mountmellick - 3 Star