How time flies...

at The Mains of Drum

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  1. Planning

    December, 2005

    The story of The Mains of Drum began during a game of golf when Deryck Forbes was offered the chance to buy the site where Deeside Nurseries traded just outside Drumoak. Initially he rejected the idea but on seeing the site he realised the potential of what could be achieved. Deeside Nurseries had once been a thriving business but over the years it had become very run down through a combination of the then owner, ill health and increasingly eccentric business practices. Deryck and his wife Audrey took ownership in December 2005 and set about clearing the site and securing planning permission. Work was stopped until planning was finally agreed.

  2. Full Steam Ahead

    January 2008

    Planning was finally agreed and building could commence. Many long days, sleepless night and frayed tempers, finally led to...

  3. The Grand Opening

    April 9th, 2009

    An incredibly stressful, rewarding and exciting day - a lot of the day was spent firefighting, but we made it through day 1...

  4. Grampian Business Awards

    June 2011

    Our first award... We were delighted to receive Business Success (Under 3 Years). "Winner of business success under three years is The Mains of Drum - an independent family-run business which has created a purpose-built garden centre and shopping destination at Drumoak. The Forbes family, which had little or no retail experience before launching the venture, took six long years to negotiate a rigorous and demanding planning process. But their determination paid off and the first 24 months of trading has far exceeded initial expectations. Judges were impressed with the strong family values of the company and their commitment to staff, their understanding of products and client base, and their future plans for diversification."

  5. The Greats

    May 2012

    The Greats recognise and celebrate not only the top independent and multiple gift retailers regionally and nationally, but also ‘one off’ niche retailers and garden centres, as well as outstanding retail employees. We won Greatest Gift Retailer a total of 3 times; 2012, 2013 and 2014.

  6. Trend Awards

    July 2013

    Scooping up a double award, ‘Lifestyle Retailer 2013’ and the winner of ‘Divine Dining’ after being recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony at the Marcliffe Hotel. We were also delighted to receive both awards again in 2015. In 2017 we won Local Retailer of the year as well.

  7. Talk about Expanding

    November 2013

    The first plans are shown in regards to extending. A lot of excitement is brewing...

  8. 5 Star Attraction

    January 2015

    Finally we made it! We can relax... Or not - now we have to keep it!

  9. Evening Express Winners

    November 2015

    The Mains of Drum were voted Best Garden Centre at The Evening Express Local Retailer Awards 2015. "At the end of the glittering ceremony held at Aberdeen’s Beach Ballroom, The Mains of Drum were also crowned with the title of overall ‘Retailer of the year’. Audrey Forbes, Managing Director: “Everyone at The Mains of Drum has worked extremely hard to make our store the superior shopping destination that it has become and we are thrilled to be recognised in this way”

  10. New Look

    February 2016

    A fresh new look for The Mains of Drum.

  11. SOLA Awards

    October 2016

    A night to remember for all that attended! Delighted winners in 2016 and 2017.

  12. Charity Work


    Over £10,000 has been donated to great causes from 2016 - Now. A great addition not only to the local community, but also to a wider audience.

  13. GCA Best Garden Centre in Scotland

    September 2017

    The one we had all been waiting for... In Scotland The Mains of Drum Garden Centre was awarded Garden Centre of the Year in the Garden Centre. We also received the GIMA award for Gardening product retailer. A sigh of relief from everyone, but the hard work never stops because there is always tomorrow...

  14. GCA Best Garden Centre in Scotland

    September 2018

    Amazing! We won it again!! Not only best garden centre in Scotland, but also the best Customer Service, Garden Products Retailer, Indoor Lifestyle and Website. Craig Forbes, Manager: ‘We are all thrilled to receive this accolade and are proud to be members of the GCA. This award recognises the hard work of all the team at The Mains of Drum over the past year. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our loyal customers and suppliers for their continued support.’ Next year is sort of expected now, isn't it? No pressure...

  15. A Decade at Drum

    Present Day

    With 10 years under our belt, The Mains of Drum continues to improve every year. There have been incredible ups and downs - but some have stuck through it all...

    The Originals...


    The Bosses Boss


    The Lady of Drum


    The Boss


    The Fixer


    The Office Controller


    The Firefighter


    The Beaker


    The Whisperer


    The Grazer


    The Bionic Woman


    The Feeder


    The Over Thinker


    The Master CakeBaker


    The Cyclist

  16. How time flies when you're at Drum ( having fun )

    Thanks to all the staff, customers and the Forbes family!