Promise of a new rose garden with grant win

In 1912 Scarborough Corporation bought George Lord Beeforth's 13-acre estate which included his Rose Garden and woodland beyond. During the next two years the two features were converted into the Italian Gardens which consisted of rockeries, a lily pond, new rose beds and a pergola shelter.

In 1912 Scarborough Corporation bought George Lord Beeforth's 13-acre estate which included his Rose Garden and woodland beyond. During the next two years the two features were converted into the Italian Gardens which consisted of rockeries, a lily pond, new rose beds and a pergola shelter.

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A Scarborough garden is set to spring into life with new blooms following a successful bid for nearly £50,000 of grant money.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has allocated £49,800 for the restoration of the Victorian Rose Garden in South Cliff Gardens.

Dating back to 1883, the garden has fallen into a poor condition over recent years with many of the plants dead or dying, and most of the rest struggling.

Should the funding be accepted it will be used for a 10- year maintenance programme for the garden.

Councillors on Scarborough Council’s Cabinet committee will meet on Tuesday, when they will vote on whether to formally accept the grant.

Should it be accepted the authority will then invite tenders for the restoration work.

The grant money, which covers 100 per cent of the cost of the restoration, was won as a result of a successful bid from the Friends of South Cliff Gardens in partnership with the council.

The application following a consultation exercise in which the Rose Garden was voted by members of the public as the area in South Cliff Gardens in most need of improvement.

Andy Skelton, head of environmental services at Scarborough Council, said: “The council is landowner of South Cliff Gardens and the join application demonstrates successful partnership working between the council and Friends Group.

“Failure to accept the funding will prevent the scheme progressing. If the Rose Garden is not restored it will continue to deteriorate and let down one of Scarborough’s key parks.”

The restoration project includes the replacement of existing top soil as well as repairing the drainage system and carrying out some tree work before planting new rose plants.

The Victorian Rose Garden, lies on terrace within South Cliff Gardens just below Esplanade, between Avenue Victoria and Belvedere Road, to the north of the Italian Gardens.

The Rose Garden was originally commissioned as a private garden by George, Lord Beeforth in 1883 and roses have been grown there continually since. It was purchased in 1911 by Scarborough Borough Council and has since been maintained by the authority.

Mr Skelton said: “It has always been a very popular feature within South Cliff Gardens.”