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Further painful belt-tightening and maximising revenues by all councils is inevitable we are told.

Our Abbey Gardens attract 1.2 million visitors a year. Heaven forbid that a formal entrance charge is ever introduced. However, eye-catching voluntary donation points, with clear information why they are necessary and emptied when the gates close, could be considered.

All realise the enormous benefits the gardens bring to our town, but are they an essential front-line service?

Visitors, especially Suffolk folk, are renowned for their generosity. Donations towards the upkeep and improvement of this priceless asset would be welcomed – ‘every little helps’.

Simon Harding,

Church Walks,

Bury St Edmunds.