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Work starts on ambitious garden and wildlife zones at Bents Garden Centre
8:53am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
EXCAVATION work is under way at Bents garden centre to transform nearby land into environmental gardens.
The new attraction will feature seven different wildlife zones and natural gardens, including a pool which will be developed into bogland.
Ron Bent, chairman of the Glazebury garden centre, said: “We are hoping that the new gardens and environmental zones will attract a huge variety of wildlife and insects.
“It will also be home to a lot of moisture-loving natural plants that I remember well from the ponds, bogland areas and fields I used to explore as a child.”
The project involves extracting 14,000 tonnes of topsoil and clay.
A similar process was carried out when Bents built its reservoir in 1976.
The new environmental gardens are part of Bents’ wider £10million vision for the future which will be rolled out over the next five to 10 years. Already complete are a new car park, warehouse facilities, children’s adventure play area and the Wild Wings birds of prey centre.
Future plans include the transformation of the existing centre, a farm shop and opportunities for other retailers to join Bents.
Wider plans for the community include a 1,000sq m children’s play area in the village and nearly 4,000sq m of allotments.
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