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Bents celebrate a family 80th anniversary

Three generations of the Bent family, including Ron and Wendy's 14 grandchildren joined staff and others involved in the development of Bents over 80 years at a party on Friday 7th July 2017.

"As a family business, we've never been ones to rest on our laurels," said Ron Bent. "We've always taken our chances and strived to innovate, which is exactly how it all started in 1937 when my parents Alfred and Margaret started growing roses just yards from where we are now.  Little did they know that our passion for plants would be the start of something so unique and special."

Bents opened their first coffee shop in the 1980's and now turnover more than £6m per year from catering that includes 1000 covers across 6 locations at the garden centre.

The latest innovation at Bents is the addition of a dinosaur themed crazy golf course.  That has already proved so popular a further 9 holes on a pirate theme are planned to be added for next year.

See our gallery of pictures from Bents last week including plant displays in Open Skies, the production nursery and the recently opened new staff facilities.
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