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New garden will help remember loved ones

Posted on 26 March 2013

Members of Faversham in Bloom have created a flower bed in the town’s recreation ground by planting 61 rose bushes as part of a Pilgrims Hospices scheme which enables people to remember loved ones.

Over the next few months, the bushes will bloom into pale pink, highly scented flowers when the bed, located near the rugby pavilion, will be dedicated as a garden growing Roses to Remember.

The garden will be the latest of several across east Kent where people can arrange with Pilgrims Hospices for a rose to be planted in memory of someone they have lost.

Ted Wilcox, Chairman of Faversham in Bloom, said: “This is an ideal project for us and will help ensure the garden becomes firmly established in Faversham. We’re very grateful to David Shaw of Swale in Bloom for arranging to clear the flower bed and allowing us to plant the new bushes.”

The 61st bush was transferred from David’s own garden where it has been growing for the past few months.

Sara Fitzharris, coordinator of Rose to Remember, said: “I am delighted at the way the new garden is taking shape and very grateful to both Faversham in Bloom and Swale in Bloom for all the hard work they have put into creating it.  We’re all looking forward to the early summer when we can enjoy seeing the roses at their best.”

Pictured, from left, planting rose bushes are: Faversham in Bloom’s Sandra Todd, treasurer Julie Holbrook, chairman Ted Wilcox, Swale in Bloom’s coordinator David Shaw and Barbara Lloyd.



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