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for decades. These pos­i­tive dis­cus­sions are on­go­ing. Con­se­quently we can­not com­ment fur­ther at this time.”

Ear­lier this year, cam­paign­ers were left out­raged af­ter the an­nounce­ment that the Ry­ton Or­ganic Gar­dens were listed for sale.

The site, which cur­rently hosts a shop, vis­i­tor cen­tre, agri­cul­tural build­ings, car park­ing, or­ganic gar­dens and farm­land is open to the pub­lic, and is a pop­u­lar day out across Coven­try and War­wick­shire.

Up un­til mid Septem­ber, it was also home to a cafe, which closed its doors for the fi­nal time. A num­ber of

peo­ple, in­clud­ing Lawrence Hills, the founder of Gar­den Or­ganic, have had their ashes spread at the site, which is also home to a num­ber of me­mo­rial trees, benches, plaques and plants. At the time, a spokesper­son for the char­ity said that they are “aware that the gar­den is a spe­cial place for some and would like to as­sure fam­i­lies that they will con­tinue to be en­gaged in a con­ver­sa­tion about the fu­ture of the memo­ri­als as this de­vel­ops.”

Cam­paign­ers have been bat­tling to save the gar­dens, since the an­nounce­ment that the char­ity were con­sid­er­ing their op­tions. The save the Ry­ton Gar­dens group lodged a protest vote at the char­ity’s AGM over the sum­mer, which was ul­ti­mately un­suc­cess­ful. How­ever, the most ef­fec­tive mea­sure to date came from the Heart of Eng­land Or­ganic Group, who suc­cess­fully ap­plied to de­clare the gar­dens as an As­set of Com­mu­nity Value with Rugby Bor­ough Coun­cil.

For the cam­paign­ers bat­tling to save the Ry­ton Gar­dens, this gave them the op­tion of trig­ger­ing a mora­to­rium, giv­ing them six months to raise funds to pur­chase the hor­ti­cul­tural sec­tions of the site.

How­ever, Gar­den Or­ganic would not be obliged to sell the gar­dens to the group, even if they did raise the funds.

In any case, Gar­den Or­ganic has since ap­pealed Rugby Bor­ough Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion.

Gar­den Or­ganic has con­firmed that it will be busi­ness as usual in all as­pects of the char­ity’s work – in­clud­ing the gar­dens, while this is on­go­ing.

Both mem­bers of the pub­lic and mem­bers of Gar­den Or­ganic are still able to sub­mit their views and opin­ions, and can do so by email­ing ques­tions@gar­de­nor­ganic.org.uk

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