OWNERS of a Hampshire attraction say they need to implement measures costing up to £4,000.

The Minstead Trust is planning to reopen the ten-acre Furzey Gardens but must make a series of changes to ensure everyone's safety in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The trust is appealing for donations to help fund the work.

A spokesperson said: "Being closed for two months with no income during the coronavirus lockdown has been really tough.

"We have already lost a lot of income at our peak season and are now faced with costs for social distancing measures and signage, a new entrance route, PPE and tearoom equipment, compost and equipment and a new ticketing system to manage the number of visitors."

The trust is seeking donations of £25 - or whatever people can spare.

The spokesperson said: "If Furzey is a special place for you, then please donate now and let’s work together to reopen.

"Once we are allowed to open it will take time to regain the full income we need to cover regular costs, but with your ongoing support we can ensure Furzey Gardens continues to bring you joy for years to come."

Furzey Gardens is an informal woodland garden tucked away in a tranquil woodland setting near the village of Minstead.

The peaceful site includes dozens of tiny fairy doors, a lake with a duck house and a 16th century thatched cottage near the entrance and tea room.