The new owners of a Bradford garden centre are planning a series of events to celebrate its relaunch.
Since Mark Farnsworth and Tom Megginson acquired Tong Garden Centre in May, they have embarked on an ambitious programme of refurbishments and new additions to bring the once iconic Tong Lane centre back to its former glory.
The ‘Tong is Back!’ themed celebrations start with a Family Fun Day featuring the Heart FM Angels on 22 August and include children’s activities, gardening demonstrations and launch offers before culminating with the official ribbon-cutting ceremony that will be conducted by Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive, Sir Gary Verity, on 5 September.
Mr Farnsworth said: “It’s been a very busy three months, but we’re very proud of the work that we have done to put Tong back on the map and into the heart of the local community.
“We’ve been very encouraged by the positive feedback from both existing and new customers and we’re looking forward to sharing our new and improved facilities with Sir Gary.”
During the visit, Sir Gary will plant up some Yorkshire bedding, tour the new Grass Hoppers Adventure Playground and visit the refurbished Orchard Restaurant before enjoying a cup of Yorkshire tea in the new Coffee Shop.
Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said: “Welcome to Yorkshire is delighted to support Tong Garden Centre’s relaunch. As the largest independent garden centre in Yorkshire it’s not only incredibly important for increasing tourism in the local community of Bradford but also for the county.
“Tong Garden Centre offers a great day out for people from far and wide and Welcome to Yorkshire looks forward to supporting the business’ growth.”