Posted 4 September 2012 by Andrew Gardner
Today sees the opening of a 500 year old medieval barn together with three 19th Century oast houses at Great Dixter Gardens in Northiam East Sussex, once the home of horticulturist Christopher Lloyd. The timing of the opening could not be better as we enjoy some fine late summer weather here in Sussex that great news is forecast to run to the weekend.
The Grade II listed barn is one of the south east's largest surviving medieval timber framed barns and along with the oast houses has been restored as part of an £8m conservation project over a four year period. The threshing floor and a cattle feeding trough have been preserved thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
This morning the pending opening was featured on the BBC local news for Sussex where the drive through the leafy lanes across this most beautiful area of East Sussex was amplified and rewarded with arrival at the most beautiful Great Dixter Gardens. The gardens here were made famous by the late Christopher Lloyd. The restoration of the barn has been seen as the 'icing on the cake' to the work done at the gardens since his death in 2006. If you're out and about in this part of East Sussex this week or are planning a visit south before the end of the season then adding Great Dixter to your agenda is worth considering.