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30/03/06
New Home Wanted for Butterflies
- Syon and Gunnersbury parks close gates on 2,000 of London’s most beautiful winged creatures

New Home Wanted for ButterfliesBUTTERFLY lovers of London are being asked to come up with money and ideas for a new site in preparation for the closure of the present Syon Park butterfly centre.

The London Butterfly House attracts 70,000 visitors a year to the Syon Park base, but has been told to vacate the site when its lease ends later this year, in favour of a new hotel.

“Since we have used all our financial reserves, we are asking for financial help,” said Michael Crosse, a spokesperson for the Butterfly House. “We are trying to preserve this beautiful valued attraction for the whole of London, by asking for help with a site.”

Plans to move the butterfly centre and its 2,000 butterflies to nearby Gunnersbury Park have been scuppered by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, whose insistence on a public planning inquiry has cost implications the Butterfly House cannot meet.

The London Butterfly House is open until the end of October this year.

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