Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Boyhood Love Affair with the Rose Can Finally Blossom

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Boyhood Love Affair with the Rose Can Finally Blossom

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Byline: Katie Davies Chief Reporter

HERE'S a sneak peak at the new PS5.3m development at a historic stately home and hotel.

The Journal was given access to Wynyard Hall following the multimillion pound investment to develop facilities and create a PS1.6m walled rose garden.

Bosses behind the Grade II-listed site are hoping to attract largescale events - including the likes of BBC's Antiques Roadshow after securing a new premises licence allowing it to make use of the whole of the venue and its land.

The venue has created one of the largest rose gardens in Europe, complete with a visitor centre, shop and cafe, which will stock local goods and produce.

Made up of 3,000 roses, the garden lies within the hotel's grounds and is expected to attract thousands of people every year.

And for Sir John Hall, the owner of Wynyard Hall, it is a boyhood dream made reality.

"When I was 12, I lived in a pit village - Ashington - and everybody had big gardens at the back of their houses because everyone grew vegetables to supplement their income," said the 82-yearold. "And it was then that I just fell in love with the English Rose.

"My dad gave me a little bit of garden and I started buying and growing some. Since then, every garden that I have had, I have carried this on. "I am very English and proud to be, and a rose is the symbol of England. I love the shape and format - it is the most beautiful flower."

The Walled Garden is the second stage in a PS5.3m rolling programme of work to create The Gardens at Wynyard Hall - which will eventually cover four acres.

The first stage, adjacent to the Walled Garden, was the PS1.7m installation of the Grand Marquee and Marquee Garden, for weddings and large scale corporate events, and further stages will include a PS2m investment in the creation of a cookery school, children's garden and valley walks through the parkland.

The Walled Garden at Wynyard Hall was originally built more than a century ago for Theresa, Lady Londonderry. …

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