Awards

Coolings has always tried to be one of the leading Garden Centres in the UK.

You only need to look at our awards cabinet on your way into Arthurs, our coffee shop, or look at the plaques and certificates as you walk into The Gardener's Garden Centre to see that we are one of the leading Garden Centres.

Current Awards

Over the past few years we have been awarded by independent judges, and by you, the general public, the following:

  • Winner GTN Greatest Awards 2016 Silver Award 'The Greatest Garden Centre Team of the Year' - Large Centre
  • Winner GTN Greatest Awards 2016 Bronze Award 'The Greatest Garden Centre Retail Team of the Year' 
  • Winner 'Community Involvement' Garden Retail Awards 2013
  • Winner of Garden Trade News - 'Greatest Planteria Sales Team 2011' South East, as voted for by you.
  • Winner of Garden Trade News - 'Greatest Garden Centre Green Team 2011' silver award, as voted for by you.
  • Voted top of Which? UK Garden Centre poll 2011
  • Voted top of Which? UK Garden Centre poll 2010
  • Winner of The Garden Centre Association - 'Regional Winner (South East) of the Year' in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007.
  • Winner of The Garden Centre Association Garden - 'Garden Centre of Excellence of the Year' in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010. To win this you have to be rated in the top 10 GCA Garden Centres in the UK.
  • Winner of Garden Trade News - 'Greatest Garden Centre Team 2009' as voted for by you.
  • Winner of Garden Trade News - 'Best Garden Centre Team of the Year' in 2008 as voted for by you.
  • Winner of Garden Retail Awards - 'Best Plant Area' in 2008 and 'Best New Build or Re-development' in 2009
  • Winner of Glee Awards - Retailer of the Year 2008
  • Winner of Garden Centre Association - 'Garden Centre of the Year' in 2005 out of 160 garden centres judged.

Many of the awards we have won have been from the GCA, which is the umbrella organisation 'Garden Centre Association' which most leading Garden Centres in the UK are a member of. To win the above awards we are independently judged out of the 160 members within the GCA.

One of our most recent achievements was 'Garden Centre of Excellence 2009'. This means we were independently voted as one of the top 10 leading Garden Centres within the GCA. We were very proud to have won this yet again, making this 8 years in a row!

However our proudest achievement has to be winning 'Best Garden Centre Team of the Year in 2009'. To win this it means you voted us as the best Garden Centre Team. A big thank you to all those that voted for us.

Find out more about the Garden Centre Association.

Find out more about the Horticultural Trade Association.

Future Awards

Just because we have won in the past does not mean we 'rest on our laurels' in the future. The team here at Coolings continue to invest in training, improving facilities and trying to make your shopping experience better every time.

If you feel at any time there are ways we can improve our service to you then don't hesitate to let us know.

If you would like to leave feedback you can do so at any time by phoning us on 01959 532269, picking up a feedback form in store or by using the contact form on our website. All feedback is always responded to directly by either Paul Cooling - Chairman, or Gary Carvosso - Managing Director.