Crowdfunding appeal at Southbourne’s Tuppenny Barn

Ed Bond, winner of the Big Allotment Challenge, at Tuppenny Barn
Ed Bond, winner of the Big Allotment Challenge, at Tuppenny Barn

THE WINNER of a BBC gardening show is giving a helping hand to a sustainability project in Southbourne.

Ed Bond, who won the Big Allotment Challenge with his friend Alex Lomax, is supporting Tuppenny Barn’s Crowdfunding appeal, which is trying to raise £25,000 in 40 days to provide IT equipment for school visits, eco-friendly furnishing, disabled toilets and access for wheelchair users.

Ed, who lives in Westbourne, and is also Tuppenny Barn’s education officer, will share his knowledge to the first three people who contribute £500.

“The work the people at Tuppenny Barn do teaching the community about gardening and food is inspiring and I would be happy to spend a day passing on my knowledge to contributors to the Tuppenny Barn appeal by helping with their garden or allotment,” he said.

He went on to say: “Taking part in the BBC Allotment Challenge with Alex was a wonderful experience and we both learned a great deal about growing food and food production.”

There is an open afternoon next Saturday (October 4) at the site from 2pm-4pm, with tours.

Between October 13 and 19, a cake competition will see people challenged to bake an organic cake to share with colleagues and family and ask for donations towards the Crowdfunding appeal.

Send pictures of cakes to Tuppenny Barn’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

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