Friday, 13th March 2015: Bord Bia presented its annual Garden Industry Awards at a reception in its Dublin headquarters this afternoon, where three Sligo businesses were honoured. The awards recognise and promote excellence across the gardening industry while celebrating the industry’s dedication to achieving the highest standards of operation. A total of 38 garden centres and 17 landscape service providers across the country were recognised, in addition to a number of special category award winners. Homeland Plus based on Deepwater Quay, won a 4 Star Garden Centre Award while Homeland in Tubbercurry was awarded with a 3 Star grade. Thomas J. Crummy Landscaping of Cloonloo, Boyle received a Landscape Quality Award, one of only 17 landscape businesses to do so.
Speaking at the event, Aidan Cotter, Chief Executive, Bord Bia stated, "The awards are a timely showcase of the industry’s sheer perseverance and hard work, as these businesses are continually investing in infrastructure and procedures to attain a Bord Bia Quality Award. The commitment to excellence of these award recipients inspires confidence in the sector’s continued growth and expansion as is evident in the positive findings from Bord Bia’s garden market research. The growth can not only be attributed to the signs of economic recovery, the increase in consumer confidence, and the good summer weather, but also the industry’s progression and determination to meet the needs of consumers."