A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “Following the publication of the council’s latest savings options, we are aware of rumours circulating that Botanic Gardens, in Southport, is set to close.

“We would like to make it clear that this is not the case.

“One of the budget options includes the possibility of closing the plant shop at Botanic Gardens and potentially outsourcing the management of the fernery and aviary. These are only options to go before councillors at this stage and no decisions have been made.

“We should re-iterate that the council is faced with further significant cuts in Government funding which means having to reduce spending by an extra £55 million over the next two years.

“These new cuts come on the back of four years of spending reductions which, by 2017, will equate to 45% in real terms since 2011.

“As we have said previously, in identifying this latest set of options, we have followed a principle of ‘efficiency before cuts.’

“However, the scale of the total reductions we have to make means there will inevitably be an impact on services to local communities.”

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