Rose garden’s future looking more secure

Theo Hayward in Tudor Rose Garden, Brackley.'121222M-B047
Theo Hayward in Tudor Rose Garden, Brackley.'121222M-B047

The future of a Brackley beauty spot has become more secure after town councillors recommended the signing of a legal agreement which will protect it for future generations.

On Monday, December 17, members of Brackley Town Council’s direct responsibilities committee recommended the full council sign an agreement with Fields in Trust ensuring the Tudor Rose Garden is never sold for housing.

The agreement would also be a dedication to the Queen as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the garden will now be known as the Queen Elizabeth II Tudor Rose Garden.

The garden was originally established by the families of American servicemen working at RAF Croughton.

When they moved on, ownership passed onto South Northants Council, then to Brackley Town Council in 2009.

Since then it has been maintained by a group of volunteers who meet on a monthly basis. They are also supported by donated plants and materials from the community.

The garden made headlines earlier in the year following the outcry over the removal of a hedge on health and safety grounds. But in another positive step the council agreed to use trees donated to them by the Woodland Trust to replace the hedge.

Theo Hayward, a town councillor and member of Tudor Rose Garden Volunteers said: “It has been well looked after by the volunteers and we are delighted at the wonderful blooming rose beds and lavender. Also the plants that have been donated to the garden are thriving.”

Miss Hayward said as the town continues to grow there will be increasing pressure on the town’s open spaces and that now the garden would serve the community for ‘evermore’.

Tudor Rose Garden committee chairman Elaine Dixon said: “We do hope this will get the seal of approval in January.

“It will give us confidence to go forward with this in the future and could encourage volunteers.”