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About Vernon Square Trust

Garden workforce 2015Following attempts to develop buildings on the Garden, the then owners facilitated the transfer of ownership to Trustees of the newly formed Vernon Square Preservation Society in 1989.

Since then the Garden has been maintained by the Committee and Members who have volunteered their time and work.

The last 25 years have seen years of great activity followed by periods of “ticking over”. The period from 2012 and ongoing is a time of major activity.

In 2015 the Society changed its name to Vernon Square Trust to eliminate the misapprehension that the aim was merely to preserve the status quo rather than to make the best of this unique feature of Ryde.

A survey is being undertaken to ascertain areas that need urgent work or longer term treatment, ranging from trees, shrubs and herbaceous plantings to repair of walls, pathways and other structures leading to an overall plan for the future of the Garden.

Burning the removed LeylandiAn application is now in process to obtain a grant for the installation of water and electricity so that current and future plantings can thrive and facilities can be improved for fund raising events.

As the Garden Plan develops it is envisaged that there will be further grant applications.

A submission to the Charity Commissioners is being made to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) in order to benefit fund raising and to have the ownership of the Square vested in the Trust rather than individuals.

The Square is a short way from the junction of George Street and Melville Street towards Dover Street.

The Garden is a unique and invaluable green oasis in urban Ryde to be enjoyed by all on the Island and visitors alike .It is open to everyone during the day and locked overnight.

The Trust organises a number of fund raising events each year, and the space is also available for hire or use by other charitable organisations.

The Trust Committee is always welcoming to new members and volunteers (see Membership form)

CORPORATE SUPPORTERS

BETAPAK Ltd

BLACK & EVE DESIGNS

HOME ESTATE AGENCY

ISLAND DIGITAL PRINTERS

MARVINS

ROSEMARY VINEYARD Ltd

THE WRIGHT ESTATE AGENCY

Thank you for your continued support for Vernon Square Trust