Pine Hill's Garden grapes attract large crowds to Terengganu
Last Update: 12/07/2019
By Kamaliza Kamaruddin
MARANG, July 12 (Bernama) – When you first set foot in Pine Hill's Garden, Kampung Bukit Kemas, Kelulut you’ll think you’re in the English countryside.
This is the first impression of almost everyone who visits the home of Mohammad Salleh Angullia Isa, 26, his wife and infant son on a 4.8ha spread of land, 61m above sea level, with pines growing in the front garden and grapes, strawberries, figs, passion fruit and much more growing in the back.
Salleh, as he likes to be called, is the son of a famous Marang resort proprietor and bought the tract of jungly land in 2014 to build a family retreat.
“I wanted to build an English style house, so of course the landscape has to be special with unique plants like the ones found in an English village.
“Definitely not coconut palms … that’s how I got the idea to grow grapes and strawberries in the back garden. But the grapes weren’t easy and only on the fourth try was I successful,” the green thumb, whose property has a bonus view of Pulau Kapas, told Bernama.
Not having any formal knowledge of agriculture, he said he acquired his knowledge about plants from the Internet and continues to find out a lot of new information on how to solve plant problems through research.
He said he acquired his vines from Russia and “what I grow is merely for the family’s consumption”.
However, since having people over for an open house on the third day of Hari Raya recently, photos of his abode – and especially the plump, sweet grapes – have gone viral and led to a non-stop stream of people coming to see what the buzz is about.
“Every week, I’m visited by 800-1,000 people. I’ve counted all together more than 10,000 coming to see the grapevines for themselves and recording the amazing surroundings which they say is like a mini England.
Salleh, who seeks much advice on gardening from his dad, said he grows five types of grapes and wants to plant nine more next year.
He was excited to reveal that Pine Hill’s Garden has not just attracted curious locals, friends from Singapore and Melaka, and production houses looking for an attractive place to film commercials and dramas, but also State Secretary, Datuk A. Rahman Yahya, Pengkalan Berangan assemblyman, Sulaiman Sulong and Marang district officer, Tun Ahmad Faisal Tun Abdul Razak, who all commended him for turning the place into a new attraction for Terengganu.
“The positive feedback has motivated me to develop it as an east coast agro-tourism product. My dream is to start a resort and give people a chance to experience something unique without going far from Terengganu,” he said of his quaint pastoral destination without an admission fee for now.