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Builders step in for free to complete Gloucester City Farm cafe

Builders step in for free to complete Gloucester City Farm cafe
Gloucester City Farm will have its cafe finished after a number of contractors said that they would help out for free.

The facility started the project six months ago but subsequently ran out of money to complete it, with building regulations driving the costs skyward.

ThisisGloucestershire.co.uk reported that building materials have also been donated by suppliers, which should soon see tea, coffee and snacks being served up to visitors.

Manager of the farm Derek Wakefield-Brown, said that as the original Easter opening date was not met, the attraction was unable to make any money from the cafe, which was being relied on to pay the bill.

"We then had to spend money on work we were not expecting and eventually we were told that we didn't have enough funds to finish the project," he added.

"Thankfully the building company warned us and had already thought through what its response would be. They have been working with us for some time now and their children have been playing on the farm. They decided they could work free of charge for a period it should take to complete the project," he added.

Mr Wakefield-Brown said that Pro Build has been "extremely kind" and "gone far beyond the call of duty for us".

Situated in the middle of Barton and Tredworth, the farm provides a pleasant countryside feel in the centre of Gloucester.

It has 1.5 acres of paddocks which are home to rare breeds, including Dexter cows, Golden Guernsey and Pygmy goats, a Saddleback sow and a small flock of Cotswold lion sheep.

Children are able to get up close to handle and feed the animals, making it a great day out for all the family.

Wayne Stevens, contracts manager at Pro Build, told the source that companies like Buildbase, Rutherford Skips and TD Scaffolding have all helped out, including providing free labour.

"Everyone at the farm are volunteers and they don't get the recognition they deserve, so we wanted to help," he added


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Date: 24/08/2012 10:57:00

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