The Granary transformed from pig farm to paradise

PUBLISHED: 17:03 21 May 2009 | UPDATED: 07:15 30 May 2010

Pictured is (TOP) The Granary as it is now and (BOTTOM) as it was as a pig farm in 1996  Pictures: SUBMITTED

Pictured is (TOP) The Granary as it is now and (BOTTOM) as it was as a pig farm in 1996 Pictures: SUBMITTED

FROM pig farm to paradise, a Great Easton garden is being opened up to the public by its owners as part of a national scheme. The Granary, at Maysland Farm, has undergone an incredible transformation in the past 14 year thanks to owners Martin and Sue War

FROM pig farm to paradise, a Great Easton garden is being opened up to the public by its owners as part of a national scheme.

The Granary, at Maysland Farm, has undergone an incredible transformation in the past 14 year thanks to owners Martin and Sue Ward.

They have demolished buildings and cleared the one-acre site, turning it from pig farm, nursery and floristry business, into a beautiful oasis.

The garden now features a sweeping lawn, wide colourful borders and island flower beds, a large koi pond with waterfall and a rockery. It also boasts an arbour, dovecote, summerhouse and a large, inviting patio.

And to celebrate the amazing achievement, Mr and Mrs Ward are opening up their garden during The National Gardens Scheme.

NGS Essex county organiser, Susan Copeland, said: "I love this garden and am lost in admiration for what Mr and Mrs Ward have achieved. I have seen the old photographs of the pig farm buildings covering this area and still find it difficult to believe."

The Granary, at Maysland Farm, Dunmow Road, Great Easton, is open Bank Holiday Monday May 25, 2pm-5pm, and on Sunday June 28, 2pm-6pm. Admission is 3.50, children go free, and includes home made tea.

The National Garden Scheme selects hundreds of residential gardens every year to be opened for public viewings. Last year visitors raised more than £3m for charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer and Help the Hospices. The NGS website www.ngs.org.uk has full details of all open gardens.

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