Suntrap Garden


Suntrap to Close

Yesterday we got the awful news that due to cut backs Oatridge College who run lifelong learning classes at Suntrap Garden are handing the garden back to the National Trust for Scotland at the end of July.  The NTS are themselves in trouble financially and it looks as if the garden will be shut permanently unless someone appears very quickly with a rescue package. The volunteers who help in the garden are willing to continue to support the garden and the Friends of Suntrap also want to continue to support the garden.

There is doubt about what will happen to the National Bonsai Collection which is housed in the garden. A new bonsai house is nearing completion. In the last year volunteers have been keeping the garden open to visitors over the weekends and visitor numbers have increased as have sales of plants grown to help maintain the garden.

If you have not yet visited this treasure then please do so before the gates close for the last time. If you think it should be saved for its teaching facility which will be impossible to replicate at Oatridge then write to your MSP, MP, etc. So much lottery money is going to support the Olympic games but we need funding now for a basic educational facility for the most vulnerable members of society. On this site alone day in and day out we see people asking basic gardening questions like how to grow potatoes. At Suntrap, adult education night classes cater for the increasing numbers who want to learn about gardening.

Hidden Treasure to Close

Taken from the article from the blog – Grows on You, to find out further information http://www.sos2010.btck.co.uk

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Interesting Council review of the garden here:
http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/internet/Attachments/Internet/Environment/Planning_and_buildings/Planning_hidden/Planning_consultations/Suntrap_Garden.pdf

In summary:
“FUTURE MANAGEMENT POTENTIAL
The whole garden is well planted and maintained to a good standard showing a high level of horticultural skills.
ASSESSMENT OF SIGNIFICANCE
Overall
A garden that provides a valuable local public service in horticultural education and in therapeutic uses that is at the same time an attractive visitor destination.
Work of Art
Some
Historical
Little
Horticultural / Arboricultural / Sylvicultural
High
Architectural
None
Scenic
Little
Nature Conservation
Some
Archaeological
None
Recreational
High”

Comment by Duncan Wallace

Unfortunately, Oatridge College doesn’t see it as an asset so have decided to withdraw. It is still possible for someone to step in and take it over but time is running out. The National Trust might buy the part of the garden that belongs to Oatridge but who knows whether they will maintain the site or sell it on.

Comment by markgorman




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