The Magna Carta is the root of our long held democratic freedoms, the document which grants us citizenship rights over the royal rulers.
2015 saw its 800th anniversary, though it is such a powerful and prescient document that it specifically mentions the Garden Bridge:
The suggestion that the Garden Bridge is a good thing environmentally doesn’t get challenged enough. To anyone who has read up on the project it is apparent and obvious, but many who only give a cursory look or make a quick judgement presume it to be a beacon of ecological hope. However, it is exactly this kind of greenwash development which does more environmental damage than good, and it also diverting funds away from genuine greening projects London so urgently needs as well as maintenance for existing parks.
Jim Gardiner recently stepped down from his role as Vice President of the RHS and in doing so severed the RHS’s uneasy relationship to the Garden Bridge as he also stepped away from the contentious development. He had been a Trustee of the Garden Bridge Trust but his retirement now means that team behind the development don’t have a single horticultural, environmental or green backer.
However, they have quite a few green opposers, and this post looks at some of that environmental opposition.