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About Us

We are an independently owned business committed to our vision: to deliver great experiences for all the family. Through retail, food and play offerings in each of our retail destinations, we believe we have created a unique mix of brands that always deliver great experiences for families across multiple sites in Yorkshire.

Tong Garden Centre

Tong Garden Centre is an award winning retail destination for families in the heart of Yorkshire. Nestled between the cities of Leeds and Bradford, within easy reach of the M62 and set in 17 acres of beautiful countryside, we are independently-owned and proud to play an active part in our community.

Tingley Garden Centre

Hosting a family of experiences that our customers have come to know and love, Tingley Garden Centre is home to all of your favourites including Hearty’s Food Hall and Bloom’s Kitchen as well as a brand-new restaurant, The Garden Room, offering you a unique dining experience in a beautiful botanical-themed setting.

Otley Garden Centre

Long established, Otley Garden Centre was formerly known as Stephen H Smith and joined the family in 2022. Renowned for plants displayed against the stunning Chevin backdrop, discover our seasonal range for the home and garden as well as Hearty’s Food Hall and Hatties Kitchen.

Bingley Garden Centre

In the heart of the community, Bingley Garden Centre joined the family in 2022. The smallest of our centres but it’s packed with plants and gardening products, gift and homeware, local produce and of course a delicious menu served daily in Hatties Kitchen.

Established in 2015, Grass Hoppers offers proper playtime for younger children and toddlers with engaging indoor and outdoor activities set in safe and secure surroundings. You will find Grass Hoppers and its family restaurant, Woody’s Kitchen, at each of our destination garden centres.

Mission Out is a challenging, rewarding day of active outdoor adventure aimed at 6 to 14 year olds. It’s 4 acres of fun and exhilarating activities – perfect for family days, treats and celebrations, school trips and team building.

Whether it’s something tasty for tea, an everyday treat or a thoughtful gift, at each of our centres Hearty’s Food Hall is filled with a tempting choice of lovingly-made, hand-crafted and carefully selected food with heart! As well as our butchery, bakery and deli, discover the superb choice of sweet and savoury ‘heartisan’ produce from Yorkshire and beyond.

Found in each of our garden centres, Blooms Kitchen offers a menu of favourites throughout the day in a comfortable family-friendly environment. From breakfast and lunch to cakes, our Sunday roast and Blooms seasonal afternoon tea, we always guarantee a warm welcome.

Our exclusive garden-themed restaurant at Tingley Garden Centre creates a memorable experience through a delicious choice of food to share and enjoy in a garden-styled setting, perfect for those everyday occasions.

In 2019, we opened The Mezzanine, our second restaurant at Tong Garden Centre – a stylish and spacious place to eat, drink and relax. We introduced table reservations and launched a menu of seasonal dishes, gourmet sandwiches and mini patisserie enjoyed daily in a stylish and welcoming setting.

Yorkshire Garden Centres has its roots firmly in Yorkshire, we will reduce our impact on the environment and play an active part in the place we call home. We care passionately about how we do business and are proud to have a robust ‘Climate and Community’ commitment that details our pathway to sustainability, the active role we play in our local community and the caring culture we have created for our people. Within each of our four pillars, we are committed to making a difference; this will always be a work in progress as we strive to better than ourselves each and every year.

Our Four Pillars

Now more than ever, we recognise that we must do more to support climate action.

We’re committed to reducing our impact on the planet with many sustainable practices already implemented and plans in place for a more sustainable future.

With roots planted right here in Yorkshire, we believe in giving back to the place we call home.

Each year, we will aim to raise £10,000 for our nominated charity as well as donate to local initiatives in the ways they need it most with our community ‘Kindness Pot’.

The climate emergency in Yorkshire and globally is more prevalent than ever and one way we can all enjoy helping make a change for the better is in our gardens.

We actively support the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and we promote nature-based solutions that help tackle the climate crisis by protecting and restoring the nature that we all depend on.

At the heart of Tong Garden Centre is our family. We are wildly passionate about our workplace culture and providing a GREAT place to work for our Tong family.

We root our values and culture into everything we do and we continually strive to be the best employer in the UK – we hope this goes some way to show how much we care about the people we work with.

Our Story – Building our Family of Brands for Families to Enjoy

In May 2015, Tom Megginson and Mark Farnsworth took over at Tong Garden Centre.

Since 1984, Tong had been one of biggest and best garden centres in Yorkshire but the business had lost it’s way in the 2000’s and needed a change of direction. Inheriting 45 members of staff, Tom and Mark set off to restore it’s reputation and create a modern garden centre with a great mix of retail, food and leisure.

The early investment went into improving our retail offer alongside a brand new restaurant and coffee shop. Grasshoppers children’s play area quickly followed and this proved a huge hit. In 2019, we completed our first new building which gave us a fantastic new plant canopy as well as an indoor play area for Grasshoppers.

In 2020, we added a two storey extension onto the front of the building which has introduced more retail space for gardening, the Mezzanine restaurant and some great facilities and offices for our team. With an investment of around £7m into the business, we now have over 250 people working at Tong and we are all very proud of the award winning garden centre that we are today.

In 2022, the next phase of ambitious growth was the opening of Tingley Garden Centre in south Leeds – Tong’s sister centre which also boasts Mission Out, our brand new outdoor adventure attraction for older children. Tingley is also home to Bloom’s Kitchen, Grasshoppers and our Hearty’s food hall as well as an exciting new restaurant called the Garden Room.

We are an ambitious business and we hope to continue to grow and create opportunities in our communities. We will continue our mission to create a great experience for all the family and we hope our customers will continue to enjoy visiting our centres. Our team will always be at the forefront of our business and we are grateful for all their efforts on our journey so far.

Award Winning Employer

Recognised locally, regionally and nationally, we are so proud of our award winning business. We are proud to be an employer who values employee contributions, creates a supportive environment and celebrates individual and team success.

2022 British HR Award – Retail Company of the Year

2022 FSB Sustainability Award

2021 Best Destination Garden Centre

2020 Outstanding Employer

YORKSHIRE GARDEN CENTRES

Independently owned with four garden centres in West Yorkshire, we’re committed to our vision to create retail destinations offering great experiences for all the family.

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The Garden Centre Association

Many of the country’s leading garden centres belong to the Garden Centre Association and each one has to achieve a high level of good business practice before they can be accepted as an Approved Member.

The Horticultural Trade association

We promote, support and nurture our industry to ensure a robust and sustainable future. We do this through representation of members’ interests to government and media, provide great garden gifting products and help members develop their businesses through first-class advice.

Our family of garden centres across Yorkshire.

TINGLEY GARDEN CENTRE

OTLEY GARDEN CENTRE

BINGLEY GARDEN CENTRE

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