‘Save Ryton Organic Gardens’

This Campaign Group wants to encourage members and supporters of Garden Organic to help prevent the sale of the award winning demonstration Gardens and site at Ryton.

Lawrence Hills established Ryton Gardens in 1985 as the home for the charity he founded as the Henry Doubleday Research Association, later to become Garden Organic. A year later the Gardens opened to the public to promote organic gardening.

Upon Lawrence Hills’ death in 1990, his ashes were scattered around the Gardens and its future now lies in the hands of the Trustees of the charity.

This year (2018), to the surprise of many members and supporters, the Gardens were placed for sale with an estate agent as an investment/redevelopment opportunity with a value of more than £4 million. A confidential Trustees’ report suggested that the organisation ‘could move to an office block in the West Midlands’.

Discussions had taken place with the Local Planning Authority that indicated that they would not oppose residential redevelopment provided “the openness of the green belt”  in which the Gardens are situated is retained.

We are a group of members, former staff and Trustees and supporters who are united in believing that there is no financial reason to justify selling off the Gardens. The proposed sale is because the organisation wants to spend members’ subscriptions, donations and legacies on other things – we want to keep the award winning Gardens at Ryton and to use some of our subscription money to help pay for the Gardens and site.

For further information, please go to:

Save Ryton Organic Gardens





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