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Glendoick response to SNH draft Scottish Outdoor Access Code consultation

Peter and Patricia Cox

(Filed 10th Oct 03)
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Bridget Dales
Scottish Natural Heritage
Battleby
Redgorton
Perth
HG1 3EW
13 June 2003

Dear Bridget Dales

We are alarmed at the implications of the 'Scottish Outdoor Access Code'.

Here at Glendoick we have our own commercial nursery plus our nephew's nursery plus our house, flats, staff and other family houses. The famous garden is well known for its collection of rare rhododendrons and other plants and is open to the public on specially arranged dates under the Gardens Scheme for charity. On these days there are people on hand to organise and supervise the public and at other times we have pre-arranged coach tours for visits to the garden when we take the people on escorted tours.

If people come here at any time whenever they like, how can we avoid accidents from nursery and garden operations such as tree felling, spraying with chemicals, watering, movement of vehicles? How can we protect our plants being stolen, trampled on and gates left open? How can we get people to pay when the garden is open for charities? Much of the garden and nursery is away from buildings and supervision so cannot be supervised.

Yours sincerely

Peter and Patricia Cox

Land-Care Notes

Perusal at SNH of the 1386 responses received by SNH (with the exception of the very few where the authors wished to be confidential) revealed that many persons who opened their gardens to the public for charity were greatly concerned by the content of the draft Scottish Outdoor Access Code and what it implied for them.

Glendoick Garden is world famous for its rhododendrons and indeed is the largest centre of its kind in Europe (www.glendoick.com). It is an important commercial enterprise. In addition it provides an important positive image for Scotland. Surely the Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department, through its agency SNH, cannot be allowed to damage it (and similar enterprises) by following petty political ideology to absurd levels.

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