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Apr 10 • 2013 • AnniversaryGardenGroundMemorialNorth.TrustPiperRose Gardens



Thousands of roses have been planted in Hazlehead Park's Piper Alpha memorial garden as part of a campaign to ensure the site flourishes for generations to come.

Aberdeen City Council is working with Oil & Gas UK and the Pound for Piper Trust to help improve and maintain what has become a poignant tribute to the 167 men who lost their lives in 1988 North Sea tragedy.

Council staff prepared the ground and planted the bulk of the 11,320 roses, which should be in full bloom in time for July, which will mark the 25th anniversary of the disaster.

The Pound for Piper Trust has gained the support of the oil and gas industry, with Oil & Gas UK member companies providing generous donations to cover around £140,000 of the total £150,000 cost of the refurbishment.

Aberdeen City Council is providing the remainder of the funding while carrying out the majority of the restoration work and maintaining the gardens.

Kerri Henderson, whose dad died in the Piper Alpha tragedy eight days before she was born, helped plant the final roses during a ceremony in the gardens on Tuesday [09 April]. She was joined by representatives from Aberdeen City Council, Pound for Piper Trust, Oil & Gas UK, Cockers Roses and Aberdeen Sea Cadets.

Councillor Neil Cooney, Convener of Aberdeen City Council's Housing and Environment Committee, said: "The memorial garden and statue is a very special place for Aberdeen citizens and the wider oil and gas industry, particularly for those whose lives have been affected by this tragedy. It is a place for quiet contemplation and reflection so it is therefore essential that it is attractive, well looked after and maintained to as high a standard as possible.

"Council staff already work hard on its upkeep but this additional support from the oil and gas community, both on and offshore, will bring a huge boost. We are extremely grateful for their generosity and hope we can continue to work together in meaningful ways so the memory of the victims of the Piper Alpha tragedy lives on."

Carol Banks, Pound for Piper Trust founder, said: "This is a momentous day for everyone who has worked hard to make it possible. Since we set up Pound for Piper, we've been overwhelmed by the support of the onshore and the offshore community as well as the oil and gas industry which has backed the Trust both financially and in spirit."

Geoff Holmes, CEO of Talisman Sinopec Energy UK Limited and a member of the Oil & Gas UK board added: "The industry's support for this campaign has been inspirational; it demonstrates how passionate we all are about ensuring we remember those who lost their lives. The incredible efforts of the Pound for Piper team mean that the much-loved and important memorial to Piper Alpha will thrive for many years to come."

Some 10,200 hybrid tea and floribunda roses (58 varieties) have been planted along with 599 ground cover roses, 171 hybrid musk roses and 350 rugosa roses.

The planting plan is designed to provide a good contrast of colour and height and was drawn up by Cockers Roses and Aberdeen City Council officers.

Other work will include rejuvenating grass areas, treatment of the perimeter hedging and trees to allow light and nutrients to the flower beds, maintenance of the benches, cleaning of the memorial and renewal of the lettering on the memorial plaque

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



May 12 • 2012 • AnniversaryCelebrationJubileeMajestyRoseRose NewsSixtyTynwald



Tynwald Rose


SIXTY Tynwald rose bushes will be delivered to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth this week in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee.

They have been sent with a letter of congratulations from the Chief Minister on behalf of the Government and people of the Isle of Man to mark the 60th Anniversary of Her Majesty’s Accession.

It is expected that the rose bushes – selected, grown and supplied by Watson’s of Greeba – will be planted in the gardens of the Royal residence of Frogmore House, adjacent to Windsor Castle.

The hybrid tea roses have large, fragrant, cream-coloured flowers and were originally bred to commemorate the Tynwald Millennium in 1979.

The gift forms part of the Isle of Man’s contribution to celebrations taking place across the Commonwealth to honour The Queen, who is the Manx Head of State and Lord of Mann.

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



Mar 02 • 2012 • AnniversaryEarthGrowMemorialPlantedRose GardenRose NewsRose Show

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A ROSE garden will grow as a permanent memorial to the 193 men, women and children who died when the ill-fated Herald of Free Enterprise capsized off Zeebrugge 25 years ago.

Dover mayor Ronnie Philpott and the Reverend David Ridley, the vicar of St Mary's, turned the first spade of earth at the site at the rear of the Gateway flats last Friday. Twenty-five white rose bushes are expected to be planted at the plot in time for the memorial service at St Mary's on Tuesday.

Mr Ridley said: "There has never really been anywhere outside in Dover as a place for people to come and remember except for Whitfield Woods.

"The seafront is close to the port and so it seemed the appropriate place for it to be. As this is the 25th anniversary it also seemed a suitable time to do something."

Dover District Council donated the land and will plant the rose bushes while Dover Town Council will carry out the maintenance.

Mr Ridley added: "The roses should be in by March 6, in time for the service and, if not, then we will plant the first roses on that day."

Cllr Philpott added: "This is very important for the people of Dover as a mark of respect for the 25th anniversary.

"It is somewhere people can come every day of the year to remember their loved ones and reflect on things in general.

"It has a nice view of the sea and it is lovely that there are benches so people can sit down."

A remembrance service will be held at St Mary's, which has the names of those who died listed on a tablet at the foot of a memorial window, at 2.30pm on Tuesday with the Bishop of Dover, the Right Reverend Trevor Willmott, preaching.

Stars made of card will be signed by all those who want to leave messages and those messages, which will then be transcribed into a book of remembrance.

After the service, at 4.30pm, there will be a reunion for seafarers and family members in the parish centre followed by a dedication at the rose garden, which is at the site of the former fountain at the east end of the seafront gardens.

Following this, survivors and families of those who lost their lives will cast flowers into the water from the Prince of Wales Pier.

The church will be open from 10am to 6pm for those who wish to offer a silent prayer.

Dover mayor Ronnie Philpott and Councillor Sue Jones will also attend a memorial service on Sunday, March 4 in Zeebrugge.

The City Council of Bruges is inviting all survivors and families of those who died to the service, which starts at 9.30am.

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The Barossa Rose and Floral Show has found a new home at Barossa Chateau at Lyndoch.

Mary Frick, secretary of the Australian Rose Society and a member of the Barossa Rose and Floral Show made the announcement at a celebration on Tuesday night.

Barossa Chateau was celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Queen opening the Barossa Chateau Rose Garden.

Queen Elizabeth II opened the garden in the year of her Golden Jubilee, on February 28, 2002.

Trevor Lang, David Ruston, Igor Moiseff, Dean Stringer and Tamara Moiseff, who all attended the garden opening ten years ago, joined in the anniversary celebrations.

A crowd of 110 attended to event, many of those from the rose fraternity, who were delighted to hear the news the Barossa Rose and Floral Show would call Barossa Chateau and the Rose Garden home.

Chateau owners Mark and Mandy Creed told the crowd they were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to reconnect the gardens of Lyndoch Hill and Barossa Chateau.

Lyndoch Hill covers about 15 acres, and once combined with Barossa Chateau, the overall area is around 25 acres.

About 22 acres of that is dedicated to gardens, so it has been returned to its original and intended design.

The gardens host over 30,000 roses, and while about 535 varieties have been identified, more than 2000 varieties were originally planted, both modern and heritage

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



Nov 15 • 2011 • AnniversaryAwardCitrusFragranceMaroonNew Roses For 2012Summerhybrid teaperfume



Hybrid Tea.  2006.  3ft-4ft.

An award winning Hybrid Tea of infinite charm which produces masses of large dusky plum pink blooms throughout the summer. Healthy grey green maroon foliage shows the huge blooms off to perfection. Strong citrus fragrance. A superb rose for any anniversary.

Bred by Meilland in France 2006.  Introduced into the UK 2008. Also known as 'Forget-Me-Not' AWARDS Australian National Rose Trials. Most Fragrant Rose. Australian National Rose Trials. Silver Medal. Orleans National Rose Trials. Perfume prize. Hradec Králové Rose Trials. Golden Rose. Nantes Rose Trials. First Grand Prize. Le Roeulx Rose Trials. Certificatye Of Merit. Le Roeuix Rose Trials. Fragrance Award. GOLD STANDARD AWARD WINNER 2009

Details of all our roses are available on our web site.

Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



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World Rose Convention

Rosafrica 2012

16th World Rose Convention

October 11th-18th 2012

South Africa will host the 2012 World Rose Convention, Rosafrica 2012, in Johannesburg in October next year.

Held every three years under the auspices of the World Federation of Rose Societies, the show was last held in Canada and next year, rosarians from various countries will attend events in several provinces, including KwaZulu-Natal.

Rosafrica will be celebrated with a large rose show at the Rosebank Union Campus in Hurlingham, Johannesburg from October 12-14, 2012.

Rose grower Ludwig Taschner will be unveiling a brand new “Rosafrica” rose later this year and plans are being made to take visitors to rose events across South Africa.

Celebrations start in KwaZulu-Natal and will be spearheaded by the Midlands Rose Society.

Known as the top rose exhibition team in the country, the Midlands Rose Society is expected to build an amazing rose display in the Olympia Hall at the Sunday Tribune Garden and Leisure Show in Pietermaritzburg in early October 2012.

Visitors will then move to the World Rose Show in Johannesburg before travelling south to the Bloemfontein Rose Show. Delegates will end their South African experience in the Western Cape where they are expected to visit rose gardens and wine farms.

For further information regarding Rosafrica, contact  the World Federation Of  Rose Societies at

[email protected]

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