Gosberton open garden

Yew Tree Farm at Gosberton.
Yew Tree Farm at Gosberton.
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Rob and Claire Bailey-Scott’s farmhouse had damp and cracks when they moved in.

The Gosberton property was built in 1700, so it’s not surprising some work was required.

The pair easily took that into their stride when they moved in nine years ago, despite previously living in a brand new property.

Probably a bigger challenge for them though was the garden.

Whereas their previous home at West Pinchbeck had a very small garden, they now have what Claire calls “a massive garden” and it was derelict when they first saw it.

Claire says: “If we knew what we were taking on it would have scared us and we would not have done it, but now we are here we love it and never want to leave.”

The pair set about transforming the garden, on top of their full-time jobs, and Rob in particular loves it.

Claire says: “He’s out there as soon as he gets home from work until dark and then I drag him in and he sits reading his garden magazine. He’s mad on it.”

The couple love their garden so much they want other people to share it and are opening it to the public under the National Garden Scheme on Sunday, July 24 (11am to 5pm).

Visitors will be able to admire the lovely, country garden set against the attractive Grade II listed farmhouse.

There is around an acre and a half of land, all designed and planted by Rob and Claire.

There are large herbaceous and mixed borders planted to attract butterflies and bees, a large wildlife pond and two bog gardens that attract dragonflies, while the woodland garden and shaded borders contain many interesting and unusual plants.

A large mulberry tree forms the centrepiece of one lawn, while a large stunning annual flower meadow is currently at its peak in swathes of yellow, white, red and blue flowers.

Then there is the extensive organic vegetable plot, greenhouse , an orchard and chickens.

Claire says: “It’s such a gorgeous, peaceful spot.”

The garden is at Yew Tree Farm, Westhorpe Road, Gosberton. Entry is £4, children free. There will be cakes and teas, plants for sale and Beauvale Ensemble are performing throughout the day.