This is an email I have just recieved about the meeting with the NTS, we now have a job on our hands reps have been invited to a meeting to sort out a business plan and the way forward. We now need money and volunteers to help us in what is going to be a huge commitment to keep the garden running and continue to have classes at the garden.
I am relieved but at the same time overawed with the responsibilites that will be entrusted to us….we are still not out of the wood, but things look more hopeful.
> Date: Sat, 26 Jun 2010 15:06:23 +0100
> Subject: Re: Proposed closure of Suntrap – 26 June
> > Dear All
> > The meeting with John Hepburn Wright was positive. The NTS lawyers and
> > the
> > lawyers from Oatridge are currently investigating the ownership of the
> > bottom part of the garden as this was left to the local authority at that
> > time. The top part does revert to the NTS. The NTS are happy for John
> > Smith to remain in the gardener’s house if he wishes though the details of
> > an agreement have not yet been addressed.
> > The whole process for transfer is likely to take 9 months at least. The
> > NTS
> > would have a positive view of a plan for a group to run the garden,
> > probably
> > as a Trust affiliated to the NTS, in order to keep the garden open. They
> > could provide help with volunteer recruitment, publicity, insurance and
> > advice but could make no financial investment in the garden. It would be
> > necessary to raise finance.
> > John Hepburn Wright said he had no knowledge of the David Murray plan for
> > a
> > development which appears to encompass Suntrap in its map. Details of
> > this
> > appeared in the press on 26 June, the morning of our meeting. As this is
> > a 20 year plan, he did not think it would affect the NTS current view.
> > We should therefore proceed towards producing a business plan. Would it
> > be
> > possible for the representatives to meet at Suntrap on the evening of
> > Friday
> > 9 July at 7pm? Alternative dates are Monday 12 or Wednesday 14 July at
> > 7pm. Please can you let me know which dates would be suitable?
> > Thank you for your help and support.
> > Best wishes
> > Isobel
- 26 Jun, 2010
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