Membership of the GCA coincides with the first anniversary of Tong's takeover by Mark Farnsworth and Tom Megginson.
"To be awarded membership of the GCA is a real credit to the team at Tong who have worked tirelessly over the last year to breathe new life into what was an ailing business. We're very proud to join a group that shares our commitment to to achieving excellence in customer service, plant quality and reliability," said Farnsworth.
As new members, Tong Garden Centre welcomed the opportunity to host the 2016 awards for the North East and North West which applauded regional winners for excellence in categories including giftware and catering, customer service and plants. Over 70 members attended and enjoyed a tour of the newly refurbished garden centre in Tong, with an opportunity to meet the new team and understand the vision for this ambitious business.