A LEADING countryside campaign group is celebrating its 80th anniversary with the launch of a new variety of an iconic English flower - the Rose.
Rural England: a new bloom for for Britain's countryside
The Rural England Rose is being launched by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) as part of their 80th birthday celebrations.
Developed by top Norfolk-based grower Peter Beales, the new rose - a profuse pink rambler - is being launched at the Chelsea Flower Show by CPRE Chairman Sir Nigel Thompson.
Roses have a long association with England's diverse and beautiful countryside, growing wild in hedgerows as dog roses for hundreds of years and smothering many a cottage garden in blossom and scent.
Rural England is a repeat flowering rambler that produces masses of medium sized soft pink flowers in large cascading clusters all summer. Ideal for pergolas and arches it has plentiful mid-green foliage, no more than a smattering of thorns and its flower is a soft to mid-pink. Although a good climber this cultivar is also effective if left to tumble in the border.
We hope it will ramble on for many years to come, celebrating the hard work of CPRE's thousands of volunteers in campaigning for the protection of England's fantastic countryside...
Shaun Spiers - CPRE Chief Executive
The new variety will be sold to CPRE's members and supporters at a special price of £12.00, with profits from those sales going straight to the organisation's campaigning work.
Just 5 months in and the organisation can confidently claim to have had a successful year; most noticeably with the defeat of plans for England's largest wind-farm on the fells of Whinash above Tebay. Its campaign to reduce roadside clutter and advertising hoardings in the countryside is gathering pace.
CPRE Chief Executive Shaun Spiers said of the new rose: "We're delighted to have teamed up with Peter Beales in launching this lovely new rose as part of our 80th Anniversary celebrations.
"We hope it will ramble on for many years to come, celebrating the hard work of CPRE's thousands of volunteers in campaigning for the protection of England's fantastic countryside for everyone's benefit."