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London Butterfly House

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Joined 28-03-2005
Posted on Thursday, 26 October, 2006 - 11:37 am:   

Opened in 1981, in the Capability Brown designed Syon Park estate in Brentford, the lease to the London Butterfly House expired in 2005 and was granted a one year extention, due to expire on 31st Oct 06, to find new premises. The proposed relocation to a derelict site, a former bowling green in Gunnersbury Park, has amazingly been rejected by English Heritage, so the Secretary of State's office has disqualified the application. The oldest butterfly House in the western world is now facing closure.
Without knowing the first thing about planning permission and all the other ins and outs involved, this would strike me as a wonderful enterprise for Horniman Museum to acquire. It would sit very well in our beautiful gardens, I think.

What say you?
Joined 28-03-2005
Posted on Thursday, 26 October, 2006 - 11:41 am:   

Oops, just checked on the website.

Permission has now been granted for the Butterflyhouse to remain at Syon Park until Oct31st,2007.

Time for us to make plans and get our bid in then, eh.
Joined 04-03-2005
Posted on Friday, 27 October, 2006 - 02:43 pm:   

If Homebase moves to Bell Green then would the existing Homebase at the other end of Southend Lane not make the perfect building for a butterfly house? Next to the pond, lots of light, lots of parking. Much better than building on the green space around Horniman.

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