Save Newtonairds Hostas & Garden from abandonment due to repeated flooding
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Newtonairds Hostas & Garden has been developed over the last 14 years into a beautiful, inspiring and interesting plantsman's garden, now visited by hundreds of people from all over the world each year.
Of particular interest is the fact it contains a National Plant Collection of fragrant flowered Hostas (Hosta plantaginea cultivars and hybrids).
We (James and Carol Coutts) have created a very special and atmospheric space for visitors to enjoy, as has been documented in the media and many thankyou letters over the years.
However, since 2009 the property has suffered unprecedented and catastrophic flooding from the adjacent river Cairn.
After 4 floods in 6 years we are seriously contemplating abandoning the Lodge and precious garden which would cost us both our business and our home.
However, We really cannot continue to suffer the extreme trauma of recent years and the attendant pressure on our deteriorating health.
We would therefore ask the responsible statutory authorities, Dumfries & Galloway Council and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), Scottish Environment Minister to urgently investigate the availability of a technical solution to the flooding problem that provides us with sufficient confidence to stay in our home over next winter and beyond.
We want to regain our previous ‘quality of life’, to feel safe in our own home, and to be able to sleep at night without need for constant 'river and rain watch' during the months of October through to April.
And, of course, to maintain our lovely garden for the enjoyment of ourselves and others as can be seen on our website www.newtonairds-hostasandgarden.co.uk
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