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English rose thought to be extinct found growing in a hedge in Gloucestershire

It is called the 'City of Gloucester Rose', but what's in a name?

The Telegraph

1st July, 2015 12:57:15 printer

English rose thought to be extinct found growing in a hedge in Gloucestershire

                               

A beautiful English rose thought to have been extinct since the last century has been discovered growing in a garden hedge in Gloucestershire.

 

The "City of Gloucester Rose" was created for the community by John Sanday in 1969, but has not been on sale since 1995 and was thought to have been lost.

 

But following months of searching, the peach-coloured rose has been found in a garden in Abbeydale, in Gloucester.

 

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Now experts will be able to take cuttings and keep the variety going for future generations.

 

A spokeswoman for Plant Heritage said that following months of intensive research, it was discovered in a garden in Abbeydale still bearing a "faint label" with the 'City of Gloucester' rose written on it.

 

The quest to find a survivor had been launched by Caroline Mellor, from the Gloucester Local History Society.

 

"When I began, nobody seemed to have heard of the rose" she said.

 

"So to actually see it at last - having been searching for it and asking so many people about this rose - is amazing."


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