Aburi Botanical Gardens: Botanically Beautiful, Structurally Ugly


http://archsimply.pl/?v=time-lapse-of-viagra time lapse of viagra Aburi Botanical Gardens is botanically beautiful but structurally ugly as the lush green scenery does little to complement the deteriorating structure in Ghana’s first botanic garden.

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The Curator, Mr Albert Prempeh, told the Daily Graphic that the garden had not had any major rehabilitation until the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) conference in the 1990s.

“Since then, no major work has been done,” he stated

Averagely, 93 people visit the Aburi Gardens daily but the majority of the visitors who would have wished to stay for a day or two are compelled to return as the rooms do not provide any comfort.
Dwindling visitors

The number of visitors to the Aburi Botanical Gardens has been dwindling, Mr Prempeh stated.

With statistics, Mr Prempeh explained that there were, at least, 34,000 visitors in 2012, but the garden recorded about 26,000 visitors last year.

The entry fee for visitors is GH¢2.00 but the money goes directly into the consolidated fund, and managers of the park, the Parks and Gardens, according to Mr Prempeh, are required to write to the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) before any money is released to it for rehabilitation or expansion work.

In 1959, for instance, management of the garden was transferred from the Ministry of Agriculture to the Ministry of Works and Housing. During the First Republic, however, it became a full ministry- Ministry of Parks and Gardens.

After the fall of the First Republic, it again came under the Ministry of Works and Housing, then finally to the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.
Government allocation

The management challenges at the Aburi Gardens are further compounded by a meagre government support of GH¢5,000 a month, which, according to Mr Prempeh, is not even released regularly.

Any decision to rehabilitate this garden will come from the MLGRD, he stated.

Documents made available to the Daily Graphic indicated that the greater part of the present Aburi Botanical Gardens was developed by curators W. Growther and W. H. Johnson during whose time the garden assumed much of its present form. Mr Johnson later became the first Director of Agriculture of the then Gold Coast and his intention was that Aburi should be an agricultural station. The hilly town, however, later proved unsuitable due to poor and rocky soil, a damp climate and lack of space for expansion.

Agricultural experiments at the Aburi Botanical Gardens were abandoned in 1928 following a decision to convert it into a real botanic garden.

“It is interesting to note that the garden has been on constant transfer from one ministry to another and this probably accounts for the inability of the administrators to turn it into a first class tourists centre,” a document on the garden stated.
Public-private partnership in the offing

Currently, four companies have shown interest to partner the government in a public-private partnership (PPP) to turn round the fortunes of the garden.

The Akwapim South District Chief Executive, Mr Winston Afari-Djan, whose office is located in the garden, also expressed concern, but expressed optimism that a PPP would help to unleash new life into the garden.

Among others, the Aburi Botanical Gardens has two restaurants, an icecream joint, a gift shop, and chop bar.