by Julia on 12 April, 2008
I have just sent off the following email to Garden Organic:
I received a letter in the post this morning reminding me that my membership is expiring.
I became a member specifically because of the beautiful gardens at Yalding that I visited all to infrequently with my family. I was disappointed to learn, through the press, rather than through yourselves of the closure of this area. Whilst I understand your ever increasing costs, and the difficulty you must be faced with, I think the manner in which this was handled was totally unacceptable.
Again, reported in the local press have been stories that many people gave donations recently for projects in Yalding – what is happening to this money? Will these people be refunded?
I have made the decision that as someone that rarely travels outside of the area, there is no longer any justification for retaining my membership.
I wish you well with your enterprise and hope that you can resolve your financial difficulties.
I fully support the work of Garden Organic – the national charity that encourages organic growing, but I seriously can’t justify £36 a year for what for me, really equates to four magazines a year. They do offer lots of other perks for members, but I just don’t use them. As I said in my letter, the real reason I was a member was purely for Yalding organic gardens – if you never had the oppurtunity to go, you’ve missed out on a really beautiful and calm place.
My favourite part (and the kids for that matter) was the ‘war garden’ which showed how people maximised the use of a small area to grow their own food, when rationing was such a huge difficulty. I wonder how we’d all cope if we were rationed these days? Not too well I suspect!1 Comment