MP backs bid to save 'nationally important' Ryton Gardens

MP backs bid to save 'nationally important' Ryton Gardens

Postby dutchman » Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:53 pm

A number of parties have shown interest in buying the 22-acre site


A number of parties have shown interest in taking over the 22-acre Ryton Organic Gardens site - but those against the sale are stepping up their opposition.

Members of the Save Ryton Organic Gardens Campaign have delivered a letter to the Garden Organic Trustees asking them not to sell the "nationally important" gardens at the Ryton site, on the outskirts of Coventry .

Campaign member Judy Steele said the gardens have "historic, educational and environmental value and have great meaning for many people, both local and from further afield."

Indeed, Garden Organic has previously confirmed that a number of people have had their ashes spread at the site, and a memorial garden is located there.

The letter has attracted a number of signatures from campaigners and key individuals in the region, including the Member of Parliament for Warwick and Leamington, Matt Western.

But the charity who run the site say dwindling visitor numbers and increased running costs have pushed them to seek to sell up.

In addition to signing the letter, Matt Western told CoventryLive that he believes the closure of the Gardens would be a tragedy.

He said: "The loss of Ryton Gardens would be devastating.

"Ryton Gardens is still one of the few, organically certified gardens in the country with so much history and biodiversity.

"It’s a central point for people to come and experience organic gardening, from vegetable growing to ornamentals.

"It would be a tragedy if it was lost or no longer open to the public."

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