BBC Manchester Radio Interview 27th April 2018

General public responses to the interview

"What is the evidence? Are families visiting? Yes, so evidently the people who visit are attracted. Therefore the statement isn't valid. It's important that children have an experience of animals & nature"


"Garden house is the best attraction in Marple, where else can the children have a full day out in Marple?"


"It’s a great place and a wonderful environment for children to experience playing outside surrounded by nature. There’s no pressure on people to spend etc as it’s funded through donations. Marple does not have enough attractions and this enables parents who cannot afford days out with their kids a chance of being able to give them that. Why deprive children of the garden house? I really can’t understand the objections in any format"


"Yes, there are other attraction. No, none of them compare to the GH. I think you've resolved the issue of cars parking all over the place a while ago. If the perception is that too many cars are driving down the paths over the weekend, then let's do an audit and benchmark first (!) what would be acceptable. And those that drive down: what impact do they actually have on the person who objects? Noise? Damage to road? And as you say: why object your activities, yet driving through to RL is fine?
Might also be worth checking in with schools and cross referencing some benefits with those of forest schools?"


"Marple has lots of lovely features but none more child-friendly than the Garden House. As a parent and a teacher at one of the schools in Marple there are so many children that are benefiting from being so close to nature and the natural environment. It's a unique resource that, with stewardship by the dedicated Garden House team, will mean that more families can have this experience.
Children can have the type of childhood experiences (exploring and playing in a wild environment) that were common place only a few generations ago, by accessing the Garden House site"


"I agree wholeheartedly, it is an excellent facility and it’s also on a walking thoroughfare along the river from Marple Bridge that was previously unable to be used because of lack of maintenance. This is now open and so access can be on foot from Marple Bridge and this has revealed other historical treasures that were previously inaccessible. Marple is a great town and this only enhances it and its other historical treasures"


"The garden house is great for little kids - it’s a real asset for Marple families. Keep up the good work!"


"The only attractions i can think of for kids in Marple, are the Skate Park & the benches outside Bargain Booze !"


"It is good to encourage children to put down their computer games, etc and be out in the fresh air and also meet the farm animals and learn about nature. This is a wonderful place and there is no charge and so enables families on low incomes to visit - keep up the good fight"


"It's a great attraction my youngest loves it we go regular n meet up with friends looking forward to summer to enjoy at the farm n the walks n picnics as in marple is only the park that gets taken over by teenagers swearing etc so keep up the good work"


"Such a lovely place for children to see how animals should be cared for and loved, there will always be someone complaining whatever you do"

Interview Summary

Thanks so much to BBC Radio Manchester today and Ruth Dixon, one of the residents that objects to the Garden House staying open, for the piece on this mornings show. After several attempts to open dialogue with those that have objected, this is the first time we’ve been able to properly assess the objections. Some of the objections raised were access via Lakes Rd, as quoted “80% of patrons arrive by car”, so surely this supports the fact that we bring economic value to the area by attracting visitors from outside of Marple, the Roman Lakes are also accessed via the same route, yet they haven’t faced objections. The development on green belt is raised as an issue, the usage of green belt for agricultural purposes is permitted and all buildings were erected as temporary structures in compliance with the terms raised whilst waiting (2 years) for the original planning application to be reviewed. Finally “Marple has enough attractions and doesn’t need any more...”. We would love to hear your views on this, does Marple have enough attractions for families, especially those with young children? #SaveTheGardenHouse

Testimonials

Fantastic

“The Garden House were fantastic to work with, great community project” – Frances – NCS Summer Staff

Lovely

“Lovely guy and great partner – lots of options for activities” – Lauren – NCS Summer Staff

Partner

“Great partner and project, young people [the participants] and staff enjoyed the project” Kirsty – NCS Summer Staff

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“I had the pleasure of working with The Garden House over the course of summer 2017 and could not have been happier or more impressed with them.  As well as giving local people the chance to get back to nature in a fun family setting, it’s a very inclusive setting where young people with all kinds of additional needs can benefit from activities and facilities. They made a huge impression on a young person I worked very closely with who was diagnosed with OCD. At first the thought of visiting and working in a farm setting was an incredibly scary thought for him, as he was very anxious about dirt and disorder. Thanks to the brilliant team on site who put him at ease and reacted so flexibly, he had a brilliant time and gained a host of new experiences from his visits which eased his anxieties and helped him develop new behaviours for the future. The Garden House were always on hand to offer assistance if other charity partners cancelled- it truly was the more the merrier!” - NCS Summer Staff

Impact

"The Challenge is the biggest provider of the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme. We began working with Kevin and the other volunteers at The Garden House at the start of summer 2017. My colleagues and I have been impressed with the impact the project already has on the community in Stockport and are excited about the proposed plans for the future.One of the aims of the NCS programme is to provide 15-17 year olds with experience, skills and the opportunity for social mixing by working alongside local community groups.  The Garden House hosted eight groups over the summer, providing a varying range of activities for our participants to be involved in. All the feedback I received about The Garden House was positive and I look forward to working with them in the future, we already have sessions planned for summer 2018."

BBC Radio Manchester Interview 27th April 2018

Thanks so much to BBC Radio Manchester today and Ruth Dixon, one of the residents that objects to the Garden House staying open, for the piece on this mornings show. After several attempts to open dialogue with those that have objected, this is the first time we’ve been able to properly assess the objections. Some of the objections raised were access via Lakes Rd, as quoted “80% of patrons arrive by car”, so surely this supports the fact that we bring economic value to the area by attracting visitors from outside of Marple, the Roman Lakes are also accessed via the same route, yet they haven’t faced objections. The development on green belt is raised as an issue, the usage of green belt for agricultural purposes is permitted and all buildings were erected as temporary structures in compliance with the terms raised whilst waiting (2 years) for the original planning application to be reviewed. Finally “Marple has enough attractions and doesn’t need any more...”. We would love to hear your views on this, does Marple have enough attractions for families, especially those with young children? #SaveTheGardenHouse