Dig this… a record breaking giant spade!

VISITORS to a Wiltshire garden centre this month (March 2009) will be able to see the world’s largest garden spade on show.

The record-breaking giant spade, which measures more than three metres in height, is being used by Whitehall Garden Centre in Lacock to help promote ‘Grow Your Own’ initiatives this spring.

Mark Self, Director of the Corsham Road garden centre, said: “The spade was created by staff at Joseph Bentley, manufacturers of traditional and professional garden tools, as a promotional tool for their children’s range of gardening equipment, which includes some of the smallest tools available in the UK too.

“The spade, which is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest garden spade, is currently on a tour of garden centres in the UK and is staying with us at Whitehall for the spring.”

The world’s largest spade, which measures 3.18 metres, was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records in May 2005.

Once the giant spade has finished its tour it will be signed by a number of celebrity gardeners and presenters, and will be used to raise funds for the Greenfingers Appeal, the horticultural charity that supports children’s hospices. The spade is then going to be auctioned on eBay. Further details will be posted on the Greenfingers Appeal website, www.greenfingersappeal.co.uk.

To find out more, please go along to the garden centre, which is located on Corsham Road in Lacock, call 01249 730204 or visit www.whitehallgardencentre.co.uk.