A garden centre will mark its 40th birthday by opening the doors to its new extension.

Laylocks Garden Centre, a family-owned business located minutes from the city centre on Bromyard Road, is unveiling its biggest new development since it opened in the early 1980s after a sizeable investment exceeding half a million pounds.

The centre offers a variety of plants, 60 per cent of which are cultivated on-site.



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The opening event is set for Saturday, March 23 at 11am.

Promising a grand affair, the event will feature a mini music festival featuring artists such as Alex Lleo, Dan Greenaway and Jasper Malone, stilt walkers and free sampling of artisanal produce.

The opening may even feature a fairy or two flying around.

The first 100 visitors will receive a gardener's goodie bag, while the first 200 customers will take home complimentary pansy packs.

Prizes will be up for grabs in a raffle, with all proceeds to go to West Midlands Air Ambulance, a charity dear to the Warr family, who run the centre.

Raffle entrants will have the chance to win a two-person outdoor furniture set, a large hamper of goodies and an olive tree.

Hannah Warr, director at Laylocks, said: "It's an incredibly exciting time for Laylocks, and this development is going to put us on the map.

"It's been an honour to continue my dad’s legacy, and we will never forget our roots as a family business that puts plants first and gives our customers the best possible experience."

She added: "I’m also delighted that the extension has given us an opportunity to employ more Worcestershire residents, allowing us to continue supporting the local economy"

Laylocks owner Martin Warr said: "It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come over the last 40 years and I am unbelievably proud of everything Hannah has accomplished since she embarked on her 10-year development plan of the business.

"We’re looking forward to welcoming customers old and new to come and enjoy the festivities and experience the new and improved Laylocks Garden Centre."

For more information on Laylocks Garden Centre, visit www.laylocks.co.uk.