LETTER: Library at risk

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The Independent Online
From Mrs Mavis Batey Sir: Our members view with dismay the prospect of the Lindley Library, with its unique collection of garden history material, being moved out of the Royal Horticultural Society premises in central London to Wisley (Anna Pavord; "Don't bury the books in the garden", 11 January).

Computer links for researchers are no substitute for the stimulation of consultation with an extremely knowledgeable librarian, or of browsing on open shelves with an unsurpassed collection.

Its London location makes the Lindley a mecca for garden historians from all over the country; in Wisley it would be a great deal harder to reach not just for Londoners but for almost everyone.

Yours faithfully, Mavis Batey President The Garden History Society Wickwar, Gloucestershire 11 January