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When is a public garden not really a public garden? That’s the thorny question which is aggravating Linlithgow Civic Trust this week.

When is a public garden not really a public garden? That’s the thorny question which is aggravating Linlithgow Civic Trust this week.

The Rose Garden, a gem of a peaceful haven tucked behind the High Street, has been fenced off since the Burgh Halls revamp. It’s still fully open and free to use, but access is via the Halls themselves and people seem to forget it is there.

Summer-time lunch hours used to see dozens of people using the spot, but those numbers are dwindling .

Worried locals say the fence is to blame - it creates a physical barrier, and isn’t properly sign-posted to make people aware access is still there. There must be an easy answer.