Excited children got a close-up look at the bugs and reptiles at a newly refurbished garden centre in Great Cransley today (Saturday).
Green Trunk Garden Centre, in Loddington Road, recently opened its doors after an extensive refit by new owners Jozef Mordawska and Natalie Matts.
A unique part of the garden centre, however, is the Bugtopia section, which contains a number of snakes, insects and other reptiles.
Visitors can get a close-up look at the animals and even handle them under supervision.
There are a huge variety of reptiles, from a rare Australian Water Dragon, chameleons, tree frogs and bullfrogs, bearded dragons and a four-foot long Nile Monitor, which is the world’s second largest lizard.
The garden centre held an open day today (Saturday, February 9).
Jozef said the refurbishment work had taken about six months.
He added: “The building used to be a garden centre but it was a little run down when we took over.
“Our aim is to make it more fun and, with the Bugtopia section, make it something families can visit.”
Jozef said he has travelled the world and in that time has become an amateur entomologist.
He added: “Insects have become a huge hobby of mine.”
One of the highlights of the centre is the Emperor Scorpion in a large tank near the entrance. He shares his tank with a number of stick insects, which occasionally get into his grasp.
Natalie said future plans for the garden centre include extending the cafe, creating a children’s play area and having a photo booth where visitors can have souvenir photos taken.
For more information about Green Trunks and Bugtopia, visit www.greentrunks.co.uk or phone 01536 799778.