Businessman selling home to fund rare breeds park

Ray Marzec
Ray Marzec

A man is selling his home to continue funding his unusual dream.

Ray Marzec is creating the Green Dragon Rare Breeds Park and Eco Centre at Hogshaw, near Quainton, which is due to open in June.

He has bought, done up and sold several properties to raise the cash to undertake the project.

And now he is making the ultimate sacrifice with the sale of the house he is living in.

He said: “I get up every morning feeling great, let’s get cracking.

“It’s like Challenge Anneka, but this is Challenge Ray.

“My house is on the market to raise more money to put into it.

“I’ll cross the bridge about where to live once it’s sold.”

Funding for the eco centre has come from a variety of sources, mainly Mr Marzec’s investments, but also a welcome grant from the European Union.

He has also benefitted from voluntary physical help. Vale Countryside Volunteers planted more than 1,000 wild flowers to establish a nature trail to encourage wildlife.

And building students from Aylesbury College have helped with construction.

Mr Marzec said: “We’ve had six visits from Aylesbury College with two minibuses filled with 28 construction work students.

“They have been working here as part of their course for practical experience. Enthusiastic lecturers there could see the potential for practical experience in plasterboarding, carpentry and brick laying here. They’ve been a huge help. It’s a two way thing, we try to cooperate so that they get something out of it and 
so do we.”

Mr Marzec originally planned to open the eco centre in spring, but the opening is now delayed to the summer due to the amount of work to be done.

The eco centre is completed externally and now the under floor heating and inside installations are taking place.

Attractions at the 43 acre farm will include rare breed animals including everything from bees to cattle; an eco cafe, classroom/venue room, messy barn and play barn.

Job recruitment will start in May.