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Faversham’s Pheasant Barn: The beautiful Kent garden with stunning views that’s a haven for wildlife

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Original article from Kent Live

A Kent garden has been shortlisted in a competition to find the nation's favourite garden.

The contemporary garden at Pheasant Barn was created specifically to grow nectar-rich plants and is set in a beautiful location overlooking Oare Creek near Faversham.

Owners Paul and Su Vaight say they were taken by surprise when a letter arrived in the post saying they had made the shortlist of 28 gardens across England and Wales in the National Garden Scheme competition.

They have opened their garden up to the scheme for ten years now – with visitors coming from across Europe and as far as Uruguay.

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The house has a series of gardens and outdoor spaces situated around a handsome barn conversion.

The garden is adorned with modern sculptures to give it a contemporary feel

The gardens were created specifically to grow nectar-rich plants and to provide a haven for wildlife.

The courtyard garden, which was formerly the barn farmyard, was designed by the Vaights to reflect the farmland around them.

Long diagonal beds have been cut out of the compacted ground and filled with lines of muscari, catmint, germander and late flowering lavender surrounded by a rosemary hedge.

Pheasant Barn is a haven for wildlife

The lines of planting have raised oak boardwalks crossing them to reflect the nearby creek moorings.

The courtyard itself is surrounded with apple trees and old hop poles, which are used as climbers, and there is a pebble-filled pond for birds to enjoy.

The Vaights have adorned their garden with modern sculptures and Corten steel to bring a contemporary feel to the space.

They also have a vegetable garden with raised beds inhabited by lizards, while grass snakes and slow worms enjoy large compost areas created from the meadow cuttings.

The wildflower meadow is a haven for wildlife

Beyond the courtyard there is a two acre meadow of wildflowers, where the couple have also created an area of four late season perennial beds inspired by Piet Oudolf’s gardens in the Netherlands.

The garden is open to the public in June and July when the meadow flowers are at their very best.

The public are now being asked to vote for their favourite gardens across the nation in order to find regional winners as well as one overall winner.

The layered pond is enjoyed by birds

The winners of the competition will be revealed in the autumn.

The National Garden Scheme gives visitors access to over 3,500 exceptional private gardens in England and Wales, and raises money for nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake.

Founded in 1927 to support district nurses, they are now the most significant charitable funder of nursing in the UK and their beneficiaries include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, The Queen’s Nursing Institute, Parkinson’s UK and Carers Trust.

The stunning garden used to be a farmyard

They have donated over £60 million to nursing and health charities so far.

To support Pheasant Barn in the National Garden Scheme competition, you can vote at https://www.theenglishgarden.co.uk/ngs/vote/?garden=pbarn.

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