Haworth Park Rose Garden 2012
Baxenden Community Forum is the lead community group on this fabulous community project to transform the old Rose garden in Haworth Park
Thanks to the generosity of local people sponsoring the Roses, Baxenden Community forum, working with several partners including the Hyndburn Green Spaces Forum, Hyndburn Borough Council's parks team, Haworth Art Gallery and Tinkerbrook Nursery, were able to secure additional external funding from Lancashire Environment Fund, Green Partnership Awards, Big Lottery Community Spaces fund and Britvic “Transform your Patch”.
Because the project was situated within the Grounds of a grade II listed building, the group needed planning permission from English Heritage for the design of the new gates and fencing.
After a couple of alterations and amendments the gates and fencing where approved by English heritage and conservation planners.
To ensure the best value this contract was then put out to tender. The contract for this was awarded to Roukes Ironworks at Burnley, who did a fabulous job of recreating modern equivalents of the original gates.
The design of the new Rose garden was created by Hyndburn Borough Council Parks team following community consultation, where it was decided to keep the design of the Rose garden itself circular as it was at the time when Ann Haworth lived at the house, but to improve the design by incorporating depth and height.
Wade’s Construction won the construction phase of the work.
The Roses themselves where chosen for their colour and their fragrance- each with a community sponsor.
They were supplied by Fryers Roses as bare rooted stock which was then potted up by students at Tinker brook Nursery.
The Roses then moved to Gatty Park where they were looked after another set of community volunteers ( Bootstrap Enterprises and Church prospects panel). At the beginning of May everything was at last ready to plant, once again community volunteers came out to work alongside parks staff to plant the roses.
The old sundial was restored and converted to a birdbath and replaced back in its original position.
Lastly, the Rose Arches where installed giving an extra dimension to the garden and an official open day took place on the 16th of May.
The work of the volunteers on this project was recognised with an additional award from the Lancashire Environment Fund, which was awarded at a special ceremony at Martin Mere on the 15th of September ( Well Done to everyone involved)
A special lectern listing all the sponsors is currently being created which will be on display at the Haworth when completed along with a scroll with all the sponsors, who made this project possible.
Baxenden Community Forum is looking for volunteers to help maintain the garden with deadheading etc and are also trying to establish a Friends of Haworth Park to continue the work they have been doing in the park to allow them the capacity to concentrate on other areas of Baxenden.
If your interested in getting involved please email the chair (details under contacts in the menu) and we will forward your details.
The pictures above show the Rose Garden before and after the project along with the garden's opening event.