Wyevale Cardiff introduces world's biggest selfie spade

Wyevale Cardiff hopes the quirky attraction, taken from a Theme Park build, will boost takings and the local economy.

Greenwood and Costas-Michael
Greenwood and Costas-Michael

Following the re-opening of the Wyevale garden centre in Cardiff in November 2015 after a fire in November 2013, Wyevale has revealed what it hopes will be "one of the quirkiest selfie spots in the UK" - a 12.6 metre spade. It has taken the unofficial world record for the largest spade, beating a 12.4 metre example in Gardenville, Texas.

The eight tonne spade had to be transported in three individual steel pieces and required several local tradesmen to construct. 

Visitor councillor Michael Costas-Michael visited and said: "The launch of Cardiff’s giant spade is another great development for the local economy, presenting a valuable opportunity to attract more visitors to the area. Increased tourism will likely help to boost footfall, consumer spending and job creation, benefiting local businesses and residents alike."

This celebratory launch saw centre colleagues and shoppers simultaneously stopping to take picture with the world record spade, and posting them on the centre's Facebook page with the hashtag #spadeselfie.

Cardiff centre manager Mike Greenwood said: "With the selfie craze sweeping the nation, what better addition to our garden centre than a towering giant spade to attract visitors from Cardiff and beyond – and we hope it becomes a symbol of our resilient garden centre. We encourage everyone to come down to the centre and take their own quirky spade-selfie, before making the most of our new Spring-ready ranges… and hopefully fit in a coffee and cake at the Botanic Kitchen too." 

Wyevale Percy Thrower and other centres have similar big spades.

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