In York we have a beautiful building erected by public subscription and opened in 1777. It was the oldest purpose built psychiatric hospital in England. It was closed on 1995 by the care Quality commission giving only 5 days notice. Many lies that were told to justify this and we have tried to set the record straight and formed a group called Mental Health Action York. We are a group of nurses,doctors, service users and the general public. Sadly we failed to keep the hospital in the NHS and like many other NHS properties, it has now been sold to the highest bidder. The purchaser Early Retirement Living (ERL) has published their intention to demolish the Victorian wings of the building. They are grade two listed and have many unique and beautiful features eg stained glass windows, a carved staircase, tiled entrance and many other lovely features. The main building (1777) is Grade One despite this protection there is little firm information regarding ERLs plans and we fear for its future. Sadly it does not seem likely that organisations from whom one would expect support will step forward. Therefore we need those who care, to support us in saving this beautiful building which is an important piece of our history and heritage. Bootham Park is set in acres of parkland and has a tree-lined drive and an impressive number of trees throughout the grounds. Some of which have TPOs. Despite this it is possible that they could be felled. Bootham Park is very close to the City centre and unlike many psychiatric hospitals was not hidden away. It seems we are fighting a lonely battle, so please support us by signing this petition to save the Victorian wings of Bootham Park.