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PUBLISHED: 18:02 27 May 2009 | UPDATED: 10:43 23 August 2010

A NINE acre hillside garden, which has been lovingly created over 38 years, will open to the public as part of a national scheme. Dr Iondan Edeleanu, 84, a retired GP in Perry Street, Northfleet, and his wife Doreen, 85, are due to open their garden in G

A NINE acre hillside garden, which has been lovingly created over 38 years, will open to the public as part of a national scheme.

Dr Iondan Edeleanu, 84, a retired GP in Perry Street, Northfleet, and his wife Doreen, 85, are due to open their garden in Great Buckland, near Cobham on June 7.

The couple have transformed the former scrubland area into an area of woodland, vineyards, orchards and meadowland, making it a haven for wildlife, including badgers.

Dr Edeleanu, who set up his GP practice 60 years ago, said: "We first moved into this house 38 years ago, and the garden as it is now was all scrubland.

"Together with my wife, who is still a keen gardener, we cleared the scrubland, and planted 500 trees, and gradually, over the years, it changed, and people would come round and tour the garden regularly."

Three acres of hillside has been developed as managed meadowland, and nine species of wild orchids grow. The garden now has two ponds, lawns, and wine is produced at a small vineyard, which is still run by Dr Edeleanu.

He added: "We are both tremendously proud of our garden, and we love the chance to let people in to experience it as well.

"It has been open to the public before, and people always seem to enjoy it."

The garden at Haydown, Great Buckland, near Cobham, DA13 0XF will be open between 11am until 5pm on June 7 as part of the National Garden Scheme, which will see private gardens opening across Britain to the public.

Refreshments will be served on the day, as well as wine from the vineyard and home made teas. Admission is £4, with children getting in free. A share of the money raised will go towards Northfleet Rotary Club.

For more information, contact 01474 814329 or visit the National Garden Scheme website at www.ngs.org.uk.

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