Tuesday 28 September 2010

Save Ventnor Botanic Garden

Ventnor Botanic Garden is currently local authority owned.  It is a much valued and loved local resource.  It also houses a significant and beautiful collection of plants.  The public future of the garden is currently in question, as the Isle of Wight's local authority reviews its spending plans and tries to find ways of spending money.

The visitor centre at Ventnor Botanic Garden
Vine walkway

Some of the Wightstay team spent last weekend at the garden, supporting the Hop Festival, which was a celebration of arts, crafts and local produce from the Island.  A beer produced from the garden's own hops was also launched at the event (hence the name).  We want to see this fantastic and beautiful resource stay in public hands for future generations to enjoy.

The Hop Festival 25-26th September 2010

There is a limited time public consultation.  If you feel the garden should remain in public ownership, please complete it here.

Resources like this are a fantastic place for all ages.  The Botanic Garden is a fantastic place to visit if you're visiting the Isle of Wight.

1 comment:

  1. Give the botanic garden control of its parking revenues or at least a more reasonable proportion. without the garden there would not be any. Better still how simple would it be to have honesty boxes at the garden for visitors from any direction suggesting an affordable contribution. It might be possible to combine this with a half day parking contribution thus removing the need for expensive machines,wardens,fear,anxiety and strife. Or a combination weekly pass - how well would that work for the cafe? Indeed how can the car park be reasonably considered and treated as a separate entity from the garden when the two are so inextricably linked?