I have been informed this afternoon that as of April 19 there will no longer be a local garden feature in the Bay of Plenty Times.
As you might imagine I have been left shocked and upset by this decision, based entirely on “budget”, the editor told me. The garden content that is shared by all APN regional newspapers in New Zealand (and written from Kerikeri) will continue to be used, and the third section in the Saturday broadsheet will become a tabloid insert with a focus on “activities”. But not local garden events or activities! Apparently, garden events in the Tauranga area will have to take their chances finding space on the news pages.
At no stage in the process to develop this new section did anyone in the “project team” ask for my opinion or input, or even let me know it was happening (a third party kindly gave me the heads up).
I have had a little cry, because this is a job I have loved dearly – I’ve met interesting and kind people and seen some wonderful gardens over the past 6 years – and I have learned so much along the way.
I’m hoping that “another door” that people talk about will open soon but in the meantime I shall keep posting here and am today, more than ever, thankful that I started this project.