Rose Wall Hedge around War Memorial Flowerbeds
As part of the regular tasks carried out by Friends of the Park, one of the most important to us is the maintenance and improvement of the flowerbeds around the War Memorial. The beds have been vastly improved since since 2001, when the removal of huge conifers that had overgrown and obscured the memorial kick-started improvements that continue today.
With council cuts over recent years, all maintenance is now carried out by the group and new plants and shrubs are mainly donated, funded by the local community or grown from seed by volunteers.
We decided that planting an ornamental "Red Rose Wall" hedge around rear edges of the beds would be a good way of continuing our improvements whilst also commemorating the approaching WWI Centenaries.
So in the spring of 2013 60 Red Rose Stromboli bushes were planted around the perimeter. 15 of these didn’t take and 20 replacement bushes were planted in November 2013. These should eventually form a red rose hedge that will flower from June to November each year, hopefully looking like the small image above.
This project was the first in the borough to receive a Stockport Council “World War One” grant, covering the cost of the plants, compost and fertilizer. Cllr Iain Roberts presented us with a cheque for £200 in the park on 25 January 2014.
It will take several years for the hedge to fully develop but the roses have put on a promising display over the last two summers and we’re looking forward their development over the coming years.