December 8 2013 Latest news:
Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
A collection of roses at a Romford hospice will now be preserved, thanks to a heritage grant.
Saint Francis Hospice has received £89,700 from the Heritage Lottery Grant to maintain and promote the Pemberton roses at the estate where they were originally bred.
The site is part of the hospice’s base in Broxhill Road, Havering-atte-Bower.
Chief executive Pam Court said: “We are thrilled as the grant will mean we can share and conserve this collection of historic roses for all to enjoy, including patients and visitors.
“The project will not only enhance the hospice environment and involve volunteers, but will raise awareness about our work and local heritage.”
The roses, introduced by Rev Joseph Pemberton and John Bentall on their estate between 1912 and 1939, already have national collection status from Plant Heritage.
One of them was created to mark the end of the First World War and another is named after a wife of an Indian emperor.
The project will include an open day and the hospice is seeking volunteers to tend to the roses or assist with research.
Forty-four flowers out of 70 are in the organisation’s possession, so they are also appealing for help in finding the rest.
A 41-year-old man has been stabbed at an address in Harold Hill.