Mum and daughter to open butterfly friendly Garden centre

A mum and daughter team have set off on a wild adventure ? opening a butterfly friendly garden centre in Paignton.

Retired Christine Southern, 61, a former worker in South Hams planning office, is indulging her passion for plants alongside her daughter Lisa Southern, 34, who runs the tea room at the centre off Long Road.

Christine said: “It’s fair to say I’m a fanatic gardener so this is a passion of mine.

“We love butterflies, bees and birds so most of the plants we grow are to support them.

“We have a lovely site, we are so lucky and we even have a family of ducks who have moved in.”

Lisa, who used to run her own cleaning business, has set up the tea room with tea served in traditional china tea sets and freshly made cakes and light lunches.

Christine said: “Customers really appreciate the traditional service and come back again and again to enjoy a cup of tea and to see how the ducks are getting on.”

The Wildlife Garden Centre and Tea Room is on an unused patch at Lower Yalberton Holiday Park and has been operating since March.

It is tucked away on the right behind the South Devon College site. They are open every day, 10am to 4pm.

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