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Easter Fortnight 2019 is best since 2015
The Davies's buy back Raglan from Wyevale
Become a GARDENA ambassador store and watch sales grow
Was the Easter gardening rush the antidote to Brexit?
Sallyanne leads Taylors Bulbs team to show triumph
Thomas Hardy theme for David Austin Chelsea launches
A look ahead to Glee 2019
Charles Taylor breaks records post-Easter
Raglan bought back from Wyevale by previous owner
Wyevale Nurseries renews its 'UK sown and grown' credentials
Squire's add floristry at Badshot Lea
Perennial Legacy Garden scoops Premier Gold at Harrogate
Cordless push at Dobbies with Greenworks brand
Slugs really are hardened boozers....
LifestyleGarden setting new standards for sustainability
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Pot feet, garden lights and hose connectors grow Easter sales
Frankie is Hambrooks Gardening Hero
Bedding Geraniums double to go to No 1
New head of retail at RHS Wisley
Veg growers making up for last year
Late Easter spells subdued growth for online retail in March
Easter growing media sales see double
Sally takes over Neudorff office admin
Warm Easter for Wild Bird Care
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Easter records broken at garden centres across the country
Sales up 72% YOY at Primeur following GIMA and Glee award wins
Matthew three-wheels around Bents
Wyevale Garden Centres announces changes to Loyalty Scheme
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Garden Centre Photo Tour - Baytree of Hilgay
Garden Centre Photo Tour - Hillier Botley
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Matthew three-wheels around Bents


When the Managing Director of Bents decided he wanted to do something a little bit different to continue the celebrations for the Centre’s success at this year’s Garden Centre Association awards, no-one expected him to suggest a rickshaw to help him reach as many colleagues as possible.  But when tackled with such a challenge, Bents’ in house team of joiners never disappoint!


The solution was a hand-made tricycle, designed and built by one of Bents’ most creative and skilled colleagues, Karl Sharples.  The trike proved to be the perfect transportation as Matthew was able to cycle around the store, stopping off in the Centre’s many different departments.


Colleagues were invited to spin the wheel and choose a gift, as a thank you for the hard work and dedication that goes into making Bents the Best Destination Centre in the UK.


Said Matthew:  “When I came up with the idea of surprising our colleagues I never imagined I would have been able to travel in such style!  We really wanted the celebrations to be a little bit different this year and the tricycle has proved the perfect answer.  It has helped me get to all corners of the centre as well as out to our warehouse and nurseries to ensure we could surprise as many colleagues as possible.


“I am always so impressed with the talents and skills of our joinery team as they never fail to deliver fantastic displays at Christmastime, but Karl has gone even further with his ability to build me an actual tricycle from scratch.  It was the perfect means of transport for my challenge and is currently parked up outside my office ready for me to hop on again and continue with my quest to surprise and thank our colleagues!”


Karl used his design and joinery skills to build the tricycle using parts from an existing bike, spare wheels and fabricated new parts to create the carrier, which was essential for all the thank you gifts. 

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