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  • Contractors appointed for Tong Garden Centre’s ?4 million development

    Contractors have started on the first phase of a ?4 million project to develop Tong Garden Centre.
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    Leeds based Jennings will do the demolition work. Ashcourt has been appointed as the main ground workers on the project.
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    The Tong development includes a new plant canopy, an indoor play area and an events centre.
    Mark Farnsworth said: “In our continued support of the local economy, we have appointed Yorkshire tradesmen.
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    “We estimate that ?2.5 million of the ?4 million investment will go to Yorkshire firms. This can only be good for the regional economy.”
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    Work on the new plant canopy will complete in April and the indoor play and events centre will open in July.
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    Mr Farnsworth concluded: “We’re looking forward to the completion of the first phase of our two year development plan.
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    “The new plant canopy will create a covered outdoor plant area. The indoor soft play will complement the popular Grass Hoppers adventure playground. It will provide an all-weather play area.”
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    Following developments include a new two storey building and restaurant in May 2020.
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    Also the development of the lakeside space to build log cabins for educational and horticultural use in 2021.
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    Tong now provides employment for 160 people. This is likely to rise to over 200 by the time that the first phase of the expansion completes in July 2019.

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