Tong Garden Centre plans play expansion

West Yorkshire garden centre Tong is hoping to add 50 per cent to its play area, which launched last year and is up for an award.

Staff at Grass Hoppers Adventure Playground at Tong Garden Centre have been nominated n in the Child Friendly Leeds (CFL) Awards.


The adventure playground, which opened last year as part of a series of improvements at Tong, was nominated in the ‘Best Place for Children and Young People in Leeds' category of the awards that took place earlier in the year.


Organised by the CFL Team, the awards evening was attended by VIPs including Nadiya Hussain from the Great British Bake Off, Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, Jamie Jones-Buchanan from the Leeds Rhinos, Claire Young from The Apprentice and the Lord Mayor.


Tong's marketing manager Jo Dales said: "The team at Tong works really hard to deliver a family friendly play experience for all of our visitors so it's really rewarding that their efforts have been acknowledged with this nomination."


Due to the success of the playground since launch, there are plans to make Grass Hoppers Adventure Playground even bigger in 2016.


Child Friendly Leeds is a Leeds City Council initiative that is designed to bring people together to put children and young people at the heart of the community and to make Leeds a child friendly city.

The playground attracted 22,000 children during six weeks of holidays and includes a bouncy pillow from Kangaroo Jumper, beach and conservatory ice cream drinks station.

There is a nominal charge. The one acre children's area can attract 500 children a day. Co-owner Mark Farnsworth says parents and grandparents visiting with children do spend in the rest of the garden centre.

Tong Garden Centre occupies a 17 acre site in Tong village. It is one of Yorkshire's biggest garden centres with 110,000 square feet of retail space and parking for up to 1,000 cars.

See HW next issue for a feature on Tong Garden Centre.

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