A POPULAR farm shop in Ombersley has opened its doors today for the first time since a fire ripped through the site.

Brett Wilkinson, owner of The Farm Shop at Ombersley, said he was thrilled to be able to welcome customers back.

“We are so excited to be re-opening after working day and night to rebuild the shop,” he said. “I am so proud of my wonderful team and our amazing customers for their hard work and unwavering support during this difficult time.

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“We actually were able to re-open just days after the fire selling compost and plants that hadn’t been damaged.

"Hundreds of people visited the farm shop and bought the remaining stock – it was such a nice gesture from the community.

“Now we can give something back and invite customers in to take a look around our newly built farm shop.

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"We will be selling meat, fresh fruit and veg, pork pies, milk, bread, eggs, cakes and much more. It will be amazing to see everyone. I can’t wait!”

Mr Wilkinson was left devastated after the shop was ravaged by the major fire that raged for 10 hours. Eight fire crews were sent out to tackle the blaze at the shop on Holt Fleet Road on May 23.

The cause of the fire has not yet been officially confirmed but Mr Wilkinson said the blaze is thought to have been started by the sun shining through a skylight.

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He said: “The fire service have said it was an accident. They think the sun shining through a skylight in one of the buildings started the fire.

"It was near to the greenhouses so there was lots of glass. I think that was why I heard an explosion when I first discovered the fire.”

A spokesman for Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said: “From the fire service investigation, the most likely cause is determined to be accidental – natural process."