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GIMA award entries up on last year

Published: 5 July 2013
The Garden Industry Manufacturers Association revealed it has seen a 9% uplift in entries to its annual awards this year, with particular increases in plant categories and pet and aquatics.
GIMA awards director Neil Gow said: "We are seeing increased entry levels in every category, which is great. I am particularly pleased to see the number of plant nurseries recognising the value of our awards and we have more plant entries than ever before. Another category where we are seeing a good increase in entry numbers is in the pet and aquatic products category."

Judging took place earlier this week by a panel of independent judges from leading retail names, including Andy Smith from Watrose, Tristan Sissons from the Garden Centre Group, Simon Moore of Wilkinsons, Conna Powles from Haskins, Jo Wood from QVC, Gareth Edwards of Burston Garden Centre and Phillippa Nickson from Brigg Garden Centre. Also part of the judging panel were Mike Wyatt from Garden Trade News, Tim Rumbold of Amateur Gardening and the GCA's Peter Burks.

The winners will be announced at the awards dinner and presentation evening on July 18 at The Queen's Hotel, Leeds. More info can be found on the GIMA website.

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