Carl Pitts and Sam Smith

Tong Garden Centre Introduces Set in Stone

We’re very excited to introduce you to our new range of handmade garden stoneware that come from a local business called Set in Stone.

Set in Stone launched in May 2019 and is the brainchild of family friends Carl Pitts, 36 and Sam Smith, 35 who live in Belle Isle, Leeds. Bricklayers by trade, they started out making garden ornaments, statues, plaques and planters as a hobby but have turned Set in Stone into a successful Facebook marketplace selling page.

“We got friendly when our girls became playmates and have often talked about the idea of doing something as a hobby/side job, but on a trip to Egypt early last year, we decided that we needed to take action,” said Carl.

“Sam had looked into something like stone making before, so we put some money together and went for it in May 2019. Since then we’ve had a good response on social media and are really happy with where it’s going. It is more time consuming than we thought, but we enjoy it and it keeps us out of trouble!

“We’re only supplying Tong at the minute and we’re looking forward to forming a good relationship with Phil and his team and growing Set in Stone together.”

Phil Hemmings, our Garden Sundries and Christmas Buyer said: “Carl and Sam pulled out all the stops to have the first order ready for us and we’re really pleased with how they look in the centre and their rate of sale. They’re a real talking point and there’s something for everyone, including planters, birdbaths and statues.”