Ev­ery­thing in the gar­den is not rosy

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

IWRITE with re­gard to the piece ‘Park your cares’ (Septem­ber 20) on the de­cline in pub­lic parks and gar­dens, which I feel rather blames lo­cal author­i­ties. Lo­cal au­thor­ity parks de­part­ments tra­di­tion­ally em­ployed gar­den­ers who took pride in their craft and trained fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. This was de­stroyed with the in­tro­duc­tion of Com­pul­sory Com­pet­i­tive Ten­der­ing (CCT).

When I left school in 1984, I did an ap­pren­tice­ship with the coun­cil and this strong foun­da­tion al­lowed me to be­come Head Gar­dener at Deene Park, Northamp­ton­shire. CCT de­stroyed the fa­cil­i­ties from which I ben­e­fited. Sadly, I fear that there is no way back, given cur­rent cuts to bud­gets. The days of coun­cils con­trol­ling their own des­tinies—and wealthy phi­lan­thropists mak­ing grand ges­tures—are long gone.

An­drew Jones, by email

The writer of the letter of the week will win a bot­tle of Pol Roger Brut Réserve Cham­pagne

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