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There's a secret garden in Greater Manchester where families can visit fairies and dinosaurs. Weeping Ash Garden is actually a private garden, but the public are allowed to visit for free.

In fact it hosts its very own fairy and dinosaur trail for little ones to enjoy. The garden is next to Bents garden centre, on the border of Wigan and Warrington, and is owned by retired nurseryman John Bent, who has lovingly created and nurtured the site over many years. READ MORE: Join the FREE Manchester Evening News WhatsApp community Designed to 'create tranquil scenes of clarity and perfection', John, who retired from the family business in 1990 and dedicated his time to the creation of Weeping Ash, used his passion for gardening and his extensive plant knowledge to 'create a series of stunning visual sensations'.

John has allowed plants to develop as they would in the wild, reseeding where they land and allowing natural progression and growth; an example of what Bents describes as 'nature at its best'.

Each section is hidden from the next, so it's much larger than it initially seems, with hidden paths and wooded areas. It was extended from its original site to add a further two acres including a central lawn, perennial beds, a rockery and pond as well as the beautiful woodland trail.

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