"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"
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