VISITORS got to see the progress of an eco-friendly education centre which is being built at an organic smallholding in Southbourne.
Tuppenny Barn Organics in Main Road, held an open day for the community on July 10 which attracted around 150 people who enjoyed cream teas, made using fruits grown on site.
There were also plant sales, a raffle and children’s activities and the day raised £633 towards the new straw bale education building.
Work started in spring, thanks to grants from Chichester Harbour Conservancy, Chichester District Council and a national grant, but Maggie Haynes, who set up the venture in 2005 said lots of fundraising still needed to be done, and urged people to get involved in the Sponsor a Straw Bale appeal.
“The day was a great success and we had a really good cross section of people who came along,” said Mrs Haynes.