Garden grant worth £50,000 to make ‘big and lasting’ difference

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A grant for nearly £50,000 to restore a historic rose garden has been formally accepted - to the delight of green fingered volunteers.

The Friends of South Cliff Gardens have spoken of their excitement after Scarborough Council’s cabinet approved the acceptance of £49,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The grant, secured by the Friends group in partnership with the council, will be used the instil the Victorian splendour once enjoyed at the garden.

Chris Perry, Friends of South Cliff Gardens committee member, said: “We are very pleased Heritage Lottery Fund has selected our project to receive funding following all the hard work put in by the friends over many months.

“This grant should make a big and lasting difference to this much loved part of Scarborough South Cliff for the benefit of residents and visitors for many years to come.

“We look forward to helping people to learn about their heritage through this project.”

The refurbishment of the Victorian Rose Garden emerged as a top priority among people canvassed during a consultation exercise carried out by the friends’ group last year.

Existing rose plants have deteriorated over the years with many plants dead or dying.

Research suggested the best way of guaranteeing the success of new rose plants is to plant them in fresh topsoil, so the project includes replacing all of the topsoil.

The drainage system will be repaired and some tree work carried out to increase light.

The project also includes education and participation, involving the community and pupils from Wheatcroft Primary School and any other schools wishing to participate. Additional work will include the development of web pages, training on looking after roses, and guided walks.