Ashton Gardens was bought for the people by a huge donation from Lord Ashton in 1914.
Since that time the local Council has managed and maintained them.
But recent times have seen strong pressures on Council budgets. Renovation and renewal is increasingly difficult to fund, and plans for residential or commercial development continue to threaten the Gardens.
SOAG aims to work with the Council to ensure the future of the gardens and all their features.
Sometimes we need to lobby our Councillors, or to raise funds for projects, or to speak out in public.