A FAMILY-run garden centre scooped a prestigious award

at a national event.

Mackenzie & Cruickshank (M&C) based in Forres, Moray, has been named Best Independent Garden Centre after being nominated

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by its suppliers.

It was crowned as the winner

at the 2017 Glee Buyers Power List in Birmingham. Glee is the premier trade show for garden centres and outdoor living, and attracts buyers from the country’s biggest

garden centres.

The award recognises

buying talent in the industry,

and M&C were up against

15 of the biggest garden centres

in the country.

Owner Peter Wilson said:

We are thrilled with the result

and while I know we have a superb team, we were up against some

stiff competition.

“The category we were in, is a who’s who of some of the largest and best-known garden centres throughout the UK.

“This is a huge achievement for what is a small family run business based in the north of Scotland.”

Wilson added: “The M&C buying team travels thousands of miles every year, including trips to Europe to source a unique and varied range of goods to sell.

“Scooping this award is recognition of our efforts

to buy high-quality goods

for our customers.

“I want to say a huge thank you to the whole M&C team and we will definitely be having celebration to ensure that everyone knows their hard work is appreciated.”