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Bradford Garden Centre reaches final of regional business award

The team at a Bradford garden centre group is celebrating after reaching the final of a regional business award.

Tong Garden Centre has been shortlisted in the Sustainability category in the Bradford Means Business Awards.

Tong Garden Centre’s Head of People, Culture & Sustainability, Neil Barwise-Carr, said: “We’re committed to reducing our impact on the planet and have pledged to be Carbon Neutral by 2026. The roadmap to carbon neutrality started with our Year of Waste initiative which includes converting food waste into renewable energy, harvesting rainwater from the lake to water plants and recycling waste oil for biodiesel.

“We continue to work hard to make Tong and the other garden centres in the Yorkshire Garden Centres group as sustainable as possible and it’s great that our initiatives have been acknowledged and rewarded with a place in the final.”

Sponsored by Solensis, the Sustainability award recognises businesses that have done the most to improve overall environmental performance and enhance sustainability. It rewards businesses that are making strides to become more sustainable year on year.

The team will learn whether they have been successful at an awards ceremony organised in partnership with Bradford Council on Thursday 20th July at the Walton View Hotel in Bradford.

Tong Garden Centre occupies a 19-acre site in Tong village. It is one of Yorkshire’s biggest independent garden centres with 11,600m2 of retail space and parking for up to 700 cars. It is part of the Yorkshire Garden Centres (YGC) group that also owns Tingley Garden Centre and the former Stephen H Smith’s Garden Centres in Otley and Harden, Bingley.