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I am outraged to see that Kew Gardens are to axe up to 125 jobs to save £5,000,000 pa.

what a short sighted and damaging course of action.

Kew is renowned worldwide, both for its research and the pleasure it gives to millions.

lets put it in perspective, the sum involved is less than some bankers annual salary, a premier league footballer, Tony and Cherie Blairs earnings on the lecture circuit.

Lets make sure our views ars listened to.

Clarington

What a shame these much beloved footballers of ours wont accept a lower living wage or donate some of that excessive cash to keeping worth while "projects" like KEW going.

 A bit like adopting a panda at the zoo. Only the footballer gets to adopt a gardener and pay their wages. I'm sure the staff wouldn't mind sending out cuddly toys and regular photograph / updates out if it meant they could keep their jobs.

petition signed, our leaders actions are beyond me sometimes.

Ceres
I have signed the petition. Politicians only think in the short term (the next election).

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nutcutlet

I've signed as well. 

Fairygirl

Up the revolution!!! 

I've signed.

PJEMBE

petition signed

nutcutlet

I'll do it Mike

If I've gone to sleep my the time I get your details I do it in the morning

star gaze lily

As it states Kew gardens are part of Wakehurst Place in Sussex, which is owned by the National Trust. Since 10th of April this year they are now charging £2 an hour to park there, even if you are NT members this they said was because they were just under £2million in debt, at Wakehurst.

Have tried to read the information but half is missing when I click on it.

nutcutlet

I don't mind who knows my details either Mike, I just like to know who does

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Actually, Wakehurst Place is £1.4m in deficit and it takes £2.2m to run it.  The reason why it's in deficit is because under the arrangement for leasing the grounds, and later the house at Kew, any National Trust members visiting could get into it for free.  80% of people who visit Wakehurst Place are National Trust members so the only income it derives is from the fee paying 20% non members and from the shop and restaurant.  A discussion on charging entry for NT members went down like a lead ballon, but a compromise was that NT members could pay a £2 car parking charge.  The alternative was that they had to cut back on horticulture and that was deemed unacceptable. There was some research done on car parking fees and this was considered the best option, although it has been opposed by some NT members.  Unfortunately, you can't please all of the people all of the time.  The alternative is to increase NT membership fees for all members but that has a negative effect as no doubt for every £1 fees go up, you lose another 1,000 members (that's just a guess, but you get my drift). 

star gaze lily

We belong to the national trust, but we will still have to pay £2 an hour to park our car there, so thats ontop of our yearly membership. You'd probably spend an hour just  queing up  and having a cup of tea.

nutcutlet

Mike, I've signed you up. If the auto email comes back to me I'll forward it to you

scroggin

Thanks for the link Dove, signed this morning.

Dovefromabove

Bumping this up in case there's some people who've not seen it. 

 

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