Everything in the garden is not rosy
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
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