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Am Brook Meadow in June

Formerly an intensive pig farm, Am Brook Meadow is now a wildlife-rich garden, a transformation achieved in just 14 years.


GAP Photos/Carole Drake/Jennie and Jethro Marles

Feature No:   4915 

Qty of Images:    89 


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When Jennie and Jethro first viewed the property on a public open day the smell of pigs was so strong that some people didn't even get out of their cars. The pig farm included a slurry lagoon, a 10,000 gallon slurry tank, abandoned tractors and a dilapidated mobile farm shop, all surrounded by masses of dark leylandiis and tall poplars. Nowadays an elegant internal courtyard with rill and timber pergola is planted with silvery eryngiums and Perovskia atriplicifolia. Outside a large pond brings water right up to the windows of the house, below sloping beds full of grasses and herbaceous perennials including veronicastrums, Echinops ritro, Molinia 'Transparent'and Miscanthus 'Morning Light'. In other areas Jennie has developed a perennial meadow on a four acre field, and every year sows an annual meadow, full of colourful flowers, perfect for pollinators. The effect is a sparkling tapestry of colour and texture.



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