How do you see the future of Manor Gardens and Gildredge Park?

I am worried because some people appear to feel that The Friends of Manor Gardens and Gildredge Park believe they can dictate what happens in both.

Please, I should like to say, ‘NO’. The problem is that if no one/s are willing to come forward and help, especially financially and practically, then the complaints we have heard about the state of park and gardens cannot be rectified.

Now, you don’t have to be a Friend of Manor Gardens and Gildredge Park to let people know what worries you, or what you would like.

We are holding our Christmas fund raiser on December 14 upstairs at The Lamb from 7.30pm on. I assure you, we are not trying to get you to come and give us your money. Please, come and let us know what you want, how you feel, about Manor Gardens and Gildredge Park.

At the moment we are trying to think how best to do some work on The Horse Mound, and the Italian Gardens. Come and tell us what you want. Come and say what you don’t want. If people don’t know what you want, they can offend unintentionally.

So, please, do come. Or contact Parks and Gardens directly, and give them your views. Our recent Halloween Party was just designed to give local children some fun.

We want, very much, to involve local people of all ages in the pleasures of Manor Gardens and Gildredge Park.

And we want to raise money to make sure that these pleasures remain. We have painted The Hermitage, and we want, very much, for people to be able to enjoy it, as well as the rest of the park and gardens.

Many local Friends’ groups have come about because of the shortage of funding for parks and gardens. If we want these green spaces to endure and please, we need, just now, and perhaps forever, to do our best to help maintain them. Please, take part in the process.

No one is asking for your money, but for your interest and views.

MARY CORRAN, Chair of the Friends of Manor Gardens and Gildredge Park.