Users of Maryon Wilson Park have joined the criticism of Greenwich Council’s plans to withdraw funding from its animal centre.
Council chiefs want to seek sponsorship for the centre, which employs one member of staff and costs £43,000 each year.
The Friends of Maryon and Maryon Wilson Parks said it was “shocked” to hear the council wanted to withdraw funding for the centre, which includes sheep, goats, exotic ducks and wild fowl, horses and deer.
It said the centre was regularly used by local schools and play schemes, as well as adults from day centres.
Group chairman Tim Anderson said: “Withdrawing funding completely from this unique popular centre is disproportionate to the cuts the council needs to make. A 100% cut in funding is way beyond the 20% required by the Government.
“We urge the council to reconsider this cut and commit to keeping the animals in the park until alternative-funding arrangements can be made.
“We expect that there will be very strong feelings against the possible closure and that there will be a campaign against the loss of this special family-orientated facility.”
There’s more at the Friends website.