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NEW ROSE GARDEN FOR PEOPLE'S PARK

The sweet scent of roses will soon fill one of Grimsby's most popular parks, as £17,000 is spent on a new garden.

A reported, nearly £3-million from the Heritage Lottery Fund has been spent on the transformation of People's Park, with the last pot of £17,000 helping to recreate a Victorian rose garden.

The final stage of restoration work will fully return the park to its former glory, and see work carried out on the former children's play area.

Councillor Andrew De Freitas said the Friends Of The Park group are also looking at creating a sensory garden and placing water lilies in the lake.

"It has really developed as a result of the money spent, and there was originally a rose garden, so it will be nice to have it back," he said.

"The park now offers something for everyone."

Sue Pearson, environmental management officer at North East Lincolnshire Council, said work is expected to be completed by the end of October.

"The roses will need pruning and looking after but all of the work will be done in house, and there are already some roses in the park," she said.

"The aroma will be great and they will flower from April into October. It's a nice way to spend the last of the Heritage Lottery money."

Regular visitor Jane Mansfield, 82, of Cleethorpes, said: "I always come here and used to bring my three sons when they were small.

"Roses are traditionally English and it will look beautiful when the garden is complete."

Brenda Dixon, 68, of Grimsby, who also visits the park, said: "The sensory aspect of the garden will help with our other projects.

"The smell from the roses will benefit those who cannot see the plants and it will look really colourful for others. "

The work will involve the recreation of the original ornamental bedding planting, laid out in the form of four floral scrolls around a central circular bed.

The scrolls will be formed from metal edging and will be planted with a mix of roses, topiary and bedding plants.

The original circular path along the course of the historic layout is to be resurfaced with self-binding gravel.

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