Bents throws garden centre development party

To mark the official launch of the new look store Bents' have thrown a party for its customers and colleagues.

Central to the event was a celebratory balloon launch (under Balloon Association code of conduct) in aid of in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Bents' charity of the year, when hundreds of balloons were released through Bents' Open Skies Glass House; an activity which brought Bents' annual fundraising total to £16,000 for the first six months of its fundraising year.

Visitors to the event were also greeted on arrival with their own Bents' Passport to Summer, taking them around the new-look centre where they were able to check in at various destinations with tasters, treats, sampling and demonstrations.

Entertainment included a pamper lounge, hosted by The Potion Shop, and entertainment which included cookery demonstrations, entertainment from the Kathleen Atherton Dance School, children's activities, Bents' Plant Doctor and a visit from Crocodile Joe, who challenged a team of colleagues to their own Bush Tucker Trial, won by managing director Matthew Bent.

He said: "We are now one of the largest and longest established garden centres in the UK and we thought it was important to mark the completion of the latest stage in our journey with a special celebratory party.

"Despite our growth, we are proud that Bents is still a family owned and run business, now in its third generation, and with a fantastic team of colleagues. The party was not only a celebration for our customers, but also a big thank you to members of our team all of whom are responsible for making Bents the success it is today."

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