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Doris leaves her mark, resident frogs and South Downs

As I write this blog post, Tuppenny Barn will be playing host to Joe Topping, a talented young singer/songwriter showcasing his brand of folk and blues-inspired music. Having been in London all day, I sadly didn't get back in time but I do know that concert attendees are in for a real treat.

Last week, we had some damage from Storm Doris with the newly installed willow arch now requiring some urgent attention and the plastic bottle greenhouse taking a battering. All, however, can be easily repaired.

I am pleased to report that we now have an incredible amount of frog spawn in the wildlife pond and last week, we saw much mating activity from the resident frogs, of which there were many. I have to say that what we witnessed was not for the faint-hearted - the joys of wildlife and wonders of reproduction! We look forward to the new season of tadpoles in a few weeks as these provide an incredible resource for all the visiting school children. The pond is by far the favourite area for school children to be involved with.

For those of you that managed to watch the South Downs nature programme (as per my mid-week email last week), I'm sure you will agree it was a wonderful production made by Sarah Cunliffe and her great production team at Big Wave. I do think we are so lucky to have such a wonderful area like the South Downs right on our door step, steeped in glorious wildlife and scenery. It is possible that we will be showing the film at Tuppenny Barn later this year as a fundraiser for our horticulture therapy project, an opportunity for those who might not have seen it.

We still have a few places left on Duncan's 'Make the Most of your Camera' workshop on Saturday 18th March as well as my composting workshop, all you need to know about the making and using different types of this wonderful gardening material the following Saturday 25th.