While the Gardens have had a happy recent past, the future is less certain. Maintenance of public spaces is not a statutory responsibility for local councils so users need, more than ever, to give public spaces a voice.
Local councils are under pressure to use their green spaces to generate income, but we have no guarantee that income earned from corporate events will be ploughed back into park and garden maintenance. As Travis Elborough has written (A Walk in the Park, 2016), it is easy to take parks for granted, think they have always been here and always will be. But they need to be cherished and politicians need to know how much local people value them. Commercial events interrupt the peaceful use of green spaces by local people. They might be tolerated within agreed limits and with income ploughed back, but not on any other terms.