A LOCAL mum has started a Crowdfunding campaign to keep Wentworth Castle Gardens open to the public.

Emma Robinson started the page after learning of the "dreadful loss" of the iconic tourist attraction.

The Heritage Trust behind the gardens announced last week that it has not been able to make enough money to cover the running costs and management of the site - despite a £3.74 million restoration of the garden's Victorian conservatory back in 2013.

Emma said: "This is a dreadful loss of a beautiful place.

"I, and my children and many people in Barnsley and surrounding areas take great pleasure from visiting these stunning gardens.

"Barnsley will really lose somewhere special if they close and I'm not willing to let that happen without a fight.

"I'm sure with some changes and a bit of clever thinking the gardens could be making much more money, they could be a goldmine for a canny investor."

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