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Ledgowan Lodge Hotel supports local campaign to keep Inverewe accessible

Press Release:
Angry residents of a Wester Ross village in the Highlands of Scotland have set up a campaign to protest against a National Trust for Scotland (NTS) decision to slash access hours and long-standing local access provisions to the world famous Inverewe Garden in Poolewe.

The garden, along with a generous endowment for its upkeep, was gifted to the NTS in 1953 by Mairi Sawyer, daughter of Osgood Mackenzie, whose vision created the garden over 100 years ago. His sheer audacity at creating a prolific garden on a barren and treeless peninsula on the north-west coast of Scotland, filling it with trees and shrubs collected from around the world, resulted in the creation of one of the most horticulturally important and famous international gardens.

Since Mairi Sawyer’s time the garden has been open throughout the year until sunset and local people have also enjoyed the privilege of a complimentary entry pass. But both local residents and visitors from further afield have been incensed by an NTS decision to close the garden for entry outside normal ‘visitor centre hours’ during the summer, and not to issue any new local entry passes, and are campaigning to persuade the NTS to restore the previous arrangements.

Campaign leader Tracy McLachlan said ‘the NTS has handled this decision very poorly. There has been no consultation, and the garden was closed without any announcement. Indeed the first that many people heard of it was when they tried to access the garden and found a ‘closed’ notice on the gate.’ She continued, ‘we feel that the NTS is being very short-sighted in its apparent ignorance of public opinion and is taking little notice of the potential loss of goodwill and income that this move will cause. The NTS claims that Inverewe is struggling financially, but campaigners say the way forward is to work with local people and NTS members rather than antagonise them in this way. This decision will surely result in nothing but a decrease in income and some very negative feeling towards the NTS, and we can’t see how they can possibly benefit by it’.

Local opposition to the move has been so strong that Poolewe Hall was packed with supporters at a campaign meeting held on May 21st. Since its launch last week, the campaign has also received numerous messages of support from NTS members, many of whom are prepared to cancel their membership in protest if the decision is not reversed.

The NTS has listed financial constraints and health and safety and insurance concerns among their reasons for the closure, but the campaigners believe these are spurious reasons.

The campaign website is at http://www.inverewe.co.uk and there are plans for an online petition and events to raise awareness of the decision. Campaigners say that they would be delighted to meet senior representatives of the NTS to discuss possible ways forward that will benefit the NTS, the local community and visitors to the garden.

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A short history of Ledgowan Lodge Hotel

The hotel was originally built as a private shooting lodge in 1904, for a Major Ross as part of his 8,500 acre Ledgowan estate. It took six years to complete, being virtually 'hand' built. However, due to the high costs involved in running the estate it was sold to Lord Latymer of Coutts Bank, London. It remained in the family until the second World War, when the army used it as a barracks for their officers, but keeping it in top class condition. After the war Ledgowan remained empty for around 15 years. It was then discreetly converted into a country house hotel, and separated from the estate, although retaining most of its original charm and character.

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