A rare-breed eco-farm in Buckinghamshire featuring a wide array of animals has been launched to the market by Fisher German at a value of £1.3 million. The Green Dragon Eco Farm in Hogshaw, near Aylesbury, has been put up for sale after founder Ray Marzec decided to take on a new challenge.
Ray had wanted to open an eco-farm after watching a news report on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust back in the 1970s when he was a teenager.The dream became a reality when he bought the 43-acre farm in 2002 and set about converting three of the old barns into homes to fund the enterprise. His partner, Lesley Maddox joined the project in 2013 and with her help, Ray’s vision to create an environmentally-friendly ‘eco-farm’ came true in October 2014, when the farm’s Eco Centre opened to the public. Six months later the farm opened its doors and visitors were able to encounter the rare breed livestock and small pets.
Since then they have been joined by exotic pets and native wildlife that include reindeer, wallabies, chameleons, owls and red squirrels, attracting thousands of visitors a year. The farm features renewable energy and waste water systems including a biomass boiler and thermal store, as well as a café, shop and events space and regularly attract school and educational visits. But Ray and Lesley are now ready for a new challenge and are keen to hand the farm to someone who shares Ray’s vision from all those years ago and will continue to drive the business forward.
Ray said: “Whoever buys this farm, their life will change, and change for the better. This is an amazing opportunity for someone with plenty of ambition. I really hope the buyer will purchase the property and take on the business as a going concern - this was my dream for a long time and I’d love to see the farm run with the same kind of passion in the future. I chose to sell the farm with Fisher German as they have a great presence in the area, and they have great experience in selling complex rural properties – even though this might be a little different from their normal property.”
Visitors to Green Dragon Eco-Farm are initially met by the impressive Eco Centre building that houses the reception, café and events room. Once inside there are extensive paddocks, a pet centre, an agricultural barn for livestock, two converted agricultural barns for indoor play and a café, a wildlife Zone consisting of 15 enclosures with indoor and outdoor display arenas and two-bedroom accommodation. The farm also features different trails around the grounds for visitors to explore. Ray is also hoping to secure planning permission to build a four bedroom bungalow on the site, making the site more attractive to buyers.
William Jones, a surveyor in the rural team at Fisher German, said: “It’s not very often a rare-breed farm of this scale goes on the market. “This exceptional farm is perfect for someone who truly loves animals and the environment, and wants to throw themselves into an exciting new venture. Clearly this is a niche enterprise but we feel it will have considerable appeal.”
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