There's a nostalgic, happy fondness when local folk talk about Tong Garden Centre.
We hear wonderful stories about magical visits to see Santa, the amazing choice of plants and pots, inspiring ideas for gifts and the fabulous Christmas displays. The centre was a thriving, exciting retail experience with a warm place in the heart of the local community and a wonderful destination on the itinerary of many visitors from further afield. And then Tong lost it’s way and the business lost that Yorkshire magic – the friendly welcome and fabulous in store experience was gone.
But in 2015, friends Mark Farnsworth and Tom Megginson, got the gardening bug and became Tong’s new owners. Armed with a grit determination to restore Tong to the iconic centre is once again deserved to be, the two entrepreneurs from East Yorkshire embarked on big ideas to put Tong back on the map.
The journey has begun! Surrounded by a team who share the passion to make Tong great once again, the centre has already seen many changes, from plants being brought to the front of the centre, a new soft-seating coffee shop and a fully refurbished restaurant, plus Grass Hoppers, our fabulous outdoor adventure playground for families.