Thanks everyone for signing and sharing this petition with your friends, family and other contacts. We're well over the 1000 mark. We're pleased to let you know that the Freemen have agreed to meet with the Friends to discuss the situation regarding Moorbank's future during the week of the 8th July. We would love to have over 2000 signatures by then, so please keep telling people about us and our campaign. If you would like paper copies of the petition, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we can send you them to be returned by Friday 5th July. Many thanks!
To: The Freemen of Newcastle upon Tyne
Save Moorbank Botanic Garden, Newcastle
We are calling on you to allow a third party to take over the lease at Moorbank to ensure the future of the Botanic Gardens.
Doing this would allow the Friends of Moorbank to continue to care for the plant collections. It would also allow for an increase in the number of days that school children and other members of the public can access the garden.
Why is this important?
Moorbank Botanic Gardens are under threat. In October 2012, Newcastle University revealed they were withdrawing support from the site that they have occupied for 90 years. Since then, the 50 garden volunteers, the Friends of Moorbank, have been working hard to save the garden and keep it open to the public. We have put forward plans to take over the care of the gardens but these have been rejected by the Freemen of Newcastle who are the landlords. They are planning to close the site to the public and relocate the plants of botanical interest.
Thousands of visitors have taken the opportunity to enjoy Moorbank and learn more about plants, since the Friends of Moorbank was formed and volunteers opened the gates 10 years ago. Moorbank holds collections of rare plants not found in other UK botanic gardens. Losing this vital resource will have significant damage to the UK’s plant collections.
There is a huge amount of public support for the gardens, please help us save this wonderful local resource by signing our petition.