industry awards A roaring success

The Garden Industry Trade Association Manufacturers Association (GIMA)held its annual awards event on July 4, announcing 16 winners from across the garden industry at the event.

Wales and this year, Primeur with its Tierra Verde Recycled Rubber Planters, walked with the coveted GIMA Sword of Excellence, whilst Smart Garden Products scooped the GCA Supplier of the Year accolade. Smart Garden Products had another reason to celebrate, as it was also awarded the Gardenex Export Achievement Award. Treadstone Products, Vitax, Westland, Hozelock, Gardena, E P Barrus, Chesneys Ltd, Farplants, Forest Garden, and RSW International Limited complete the line-up of winners for 2019. GIMA director, Vicky Nuttall commented: “I would like to be the first to extend my congratulations to all of the winners. This year we have a really exciting and varied selection of winners, including some new and emerging brands, together showcasing the best innovation, products and services available to the garden retail market

T GIMA Sword of Excellence

Winner: Primeur - Tierra Verde Recycled Rubber, Self Watering Planters

GCA Supplier of the Year Winner: Smart Garden Products

Finalists: Woodlodge Products, Meadow View Stone

Gardenex Export Achievement Award Winner: Smart Garden Products Finalists: Tildenet Gardenware, Trimetals Ltd


Winner: Hozelock - Pure BioMix Finalists: Vitax - Acer Feed, Block Blitz - Block Blitz Shield

Growing, Planting Equipment and Sundries Winner: Gardena - Metal Hose Trolley Finalists: Gardena - Textile Hose Range – Liano, The Juliana Group - City Greenhouse, Itip Handles Ltd - Itip Handles

Decorative Garden Pots & Planters Winner: Primeur - Tierra Verde Recycled Rubber Planters Finalist: Apta - RHS Interiors Pot Covers, Woodlodge Products - Tudor Terracotta Pots

Garden Tools, Machinery and Implements Winner: E P Barrus - Wilkinson Sword Ultralight Digging Spade

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he winners of the 39th annual GIMA awards were announced at Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, in South

today. It’s great to see so much variety, and I’m sure you will agree when I say that the calibre of winners has far exceeded expectations, with each highly deserving of their award.” This year, the GIMA judging panel was made up of Klondyke Group head of buying Andy Smith, Millbrook Garden Company managing director Tammy Woodhouse, B&Q outdoor category manager Christopher Ray, Sunday People and Woman's Weekly gardening editor & columnist Adrienne Wild, Tong Garden Centre commercial director Sharon McNair, BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine editor Lucy Hall, Garden Trade News editor Neil Pope, Blue Diamond head of product development Stuart Whalley, and QVC home and seasonal buyer Mary Bunting. Ms Nuttall added: “As always a huge thank you to all our judges for volunteering their time. Their input, keen eye and industry knowledge has helped to create a highly-deserving list of winners, which was no mean feat when you consider the standard and breadth of products on offer.

Finalists: Darlac - Heavy Duty Geared Lopper, Burgon & Ball - Corona Convertible Branch and Stem Pruner, Gardena - Smart SILENO Life – Robotic Lawn Mower

Outdoor Leisure

Winner: Chesneys Ltd - Chesneys Heat & Grill Finalists: La Hacienda - Santana Black Metal Firebasket, La Hacienda - Icarus Oxidised Firepit, Zest 4 Leisure - Noah's Arbour

Plants, Seeds and Bulbs

Winner: Farplants - Spiraea ‘Walberton’s Plumtastic’

Finalists: Suttons - Suttons Pollinators...and Predators Seeds, Mr Fothergill’s Seeds - Children in Need Range

Garden Landscaping

Winner: Forest Garden - Victorian Walkaround Greenhouse

Finalists: BJA Trading Ltd - Fence Mate DuraPost Fence System, The Juliana Group - The Halls Qube Greenhouse

Garden Clothing & Gifts

Winner: Treadstone Products - ClipGlove Finalists: E P Barrus - Mastergrip Glove Range, Fallen Fruits - Terrarium Set

Pet Care, Aquatics and Wild Bird Care Products

Winner: RSW International - Smart Choice Dog Ball Launcher (THE STOMPER) Finalists: Marriages Specialist Foods - Heavy

“Finally, I’d like to extend my thanks to all those that have entered the awards in 2019, as well as all of our sponsors, without whom we would not be able to put on an event such as this.”

Below is a full list of this year’s winners:

The GIMA Awards recognised 16 winners from the garden industry, including Best Consumer Product Packaging winner Vitax Plant Guard, presented by GCU editor Kiran Grewal (second left)

Duty Feeders, Smart Garden Products - Peacock Glass Birdbath

What the judges said: “A great fun product that will really sell.”

Garden Lighting, Water Features & Ornamentation

Winner: Smart Garden Products Limited – Bug Lights

Finalist: Smart Garden Products - Firefly Balloon, Smart Garden Products - Oak Leaf Wind Spinner

MARKETING AWARDS Best Point of Sale Material

Winner: Treadstone Products - ClipGlove merchandising stand

Finalists: Smart Garden Products - Solar Cool Flame Hard Wired Stand, Woodlodge Products - Consumer Engagement Boards

Best Consumer Product Packaging Winner: Vitax - Plant Guard Finalists: Burgon & Ball - RHS Gifts for Gardeners ‘British Bloom’ boxed tool gift sets, Durston Garden Products - Multi-purpose Compost with John Innes

Best Marketing Communication & Social Media Award

Winner: Westland - New Horizon Launch Campaign

Finalists: Westland Horticulture – Peckish - Love Every Bird Campaign, Elho - 'The Beauty of Waste' TV campaign

GCU July 2019

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