A HUGE community effort helped clear the overgrown grounds of a community-owned pub.
People battled through the rain to cut back hedges, remove rubbish and prune trees at the Fox and Hounds, in Upper Crabbick, Denmead, to get it ready for a late summer opening.
The 120-year-old pub was bought by a co-operative last year thanks to donations, grants and loans from residents determined to save it from developers who wanted to bulldoze it.
But more donations are urgently needed.
The garden clear up followed a hugely successful day in February when the entire building was cleared of old furniture and rubbish.
There is still a chance to buy shares in the pub and investors can put in from £250 to £100,000 and in return receive up to three per cent interest per year.
Rob Stark, director of the co-operative, said: ‘We want to thank the volunteers who joined us on Saturday. We have had a lot of support so far but in order to raise all of the funds required, a final push towards the target is needed. We’ve decided to extend the share offer closing date to May 30 to give the opportunity to those investors that have yet to decide, or have been hampered by the recent dreadful weather and floods.’
The money raised so far is £230,000. The target is £550,000
Mr Stark added: ‘Investing in this share offer will not only support this community project it will also pay more interest than you can currently get on the high street.’
If they do not raise the money in time all donations will be given back.
For more information and to view the Share Offer go to foxandhounds-pub.co.uk.