Homeland Ballina named the DIY Garden Centre of the Year 2014/15

Homeland Ballina was named the DIY Garden Centre of the Year 2014/15, as well as achieving a 4 Star Garden Centre Award.

 Homeland Ballina was honoured alongside 9 other Homeland Garden Centres at the Bord Bia annual Garden Industry Awards held Friday, 13th March 2015 at a reception in its Dublin headquarters.  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 across the country were recognised.

L-R: Mike Neary Manager Horticulture Division, Patrick Brogan Homeland Ballina Garden Centre Manager, Aidan Cotter CEO Bord Bia
L-R: Mike Neary Manager Horticulture Division, Patrick Brogan Homeland Ballina Garden Centre Manager, Aidan Cotter CEO Bord Bia

This is a fantastic achievement for Homeland and is the first time that Homeland has achieved this prestigious award.

The judges commented that Homeland Ballina presents a very credible plant and gardening offer and is run on a highly commercial basis.

It is well managed and strikes the right balance between display and product for sale.”

Nine other Homeland stores were honoured by Bord Bia with Garden Centre Awards. Homeland stores in Swinford and Claremorris (Mayo) received 4 Star Garden Centre Awards while the Ballinrobe, Ballaghaderreen, Ballyhaunis(Mayo) Rathscanlon (Sligo) and Mohill (Leitrim) based stores achieved 3 star grades. Finally, Homeland Plus based in Westport (Mayo) and Deepwater Quay(Sligo) also achieved a 4 Star Garden Centre Award.

Speaking at the event, Aidan Cotter, Chief Executive, Bord Bia stated, “The awards are atimely 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 cannot 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.”

L-R: Homeland’s Lisa Doocey, Pat Igoe, Francis Gallagher, Patrick Brogan, Noel Golden, Fiona Heslin, Miriam McDermott, Noel Jennings, Martina Craig, Kieran Hughes
L-R: Homeland’s Lisa Doocey, Pat Igoe, Francis Gallagher, Patrick Brogan, Noel Golden, Fiona Heslin, Miriam McDermott, Noel Jennings, Martina Craig, Kieran Hughes