Helpers create a wildlife space at Tuppenny Barn

People creating a new larger pond
People creating a new larger pond

VOLUNTEERS have been working hard to improve the space for both wildlife and customers at Tuppenny Barn in Southbourne.

A £5,000 donation from The Southern Co-operative has helped fund the project at the popular organic shop.

Director Maggie Haynes said: “With the help of our volunteers and the £5,000 donation from The Southern Co-operative, we’re extending the wildlife pond and car parking space.

“A new bridge over the pond will make this wheelchair accessible and create a pond dipping area that school groups and other visitors can use.

“The bigger car park will create a third more space including three disabled bays. Whenever we’ve held events, we’ve never had enough parking spaces, so this will really help.”

As well as growing fruit and vegetables for sale at its weekly shop and VegBags, Tuppenny Barn runs courses, events and school field trips, all promoting a sustainable and healthy lifestyle.

Gemma Lacey from the Co-operative joined Maggie and an enthusiastic team of volunteers to help lay the liner for the new larger pond, in time for the frogs and other wildlife to make it their home this spring.