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South Cliff Rose Garden restoration complete

A £49,800 project to restore Scarborough’s historic South Cliff Victorian Rose Garden is now complete. 

The end of the restoration was celebrated on Thursday 11 June 2015 when the Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough officially re-opened the garden in the presence of the volunteers from the Friends of South Cliff Gardens, who worked on the transformation with staff from Scarborough Borough Council’s Parks and Countryside team.

The restoration project was entirely funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and involved the complete replacement of the topsoil, new drainage system and renewal of the turf as well as nearly 1100 rose plants of various traditional and traditional style varieties, including hybrid teas and floribundas. The varieties planted were selected for their colour, fragrance and disease resistance. The new roses, supplied by Roger’s Roses in Pickering, are growing well and it is hoped that they will shortly be in full bloom.

Two sets of leaflets and an information board have been produced to inform residents and visitors about the history of the Rose Garden and to provide some interesting information about roses and their care. The Friends of South Cliff Gardens have carried out extensive research into the history of the gardens, some of which features on the group’s website.

Children from Wheatcroft Primary School also contributed to the production of the information board and leaflets.

Adrian Perry, Friends of South Cliff Gardens said:

“We are delighted to finally be able to celebrate the restoration of the much loved Rose Garden. It has been a huge project with a number of challenges along the way, but with the dedication of our volunteers and the sterling work of the council’s gardeners, we’ve been able to return the garden to its former glory. It is looking fantastic now and we encourage local residents and visitors to come down to the garden and see the beautiful blooms.”

Matthew Smartt, Scarborough Borough Council Landscape Architect added:

“After 15 months of hard work by a small army of people, we’re really pleased to be able to re-open the historic garden to the public. We’d like to thank the Friends of South Cliff Gardens for their unstinting efforts and support throughout the project and the HLF for the vital funding it provided, which has given us the chance to preserve this wonderful part of South Cliff for future generations.”