Memorial rose garden for Harrogate gets the go-ahead

Valley Gardens. PIC: Elizabeth Johnson
Valley Gardens. PIC: Elizabeth Johnson
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PLANS TO create a memorial rose garden and renovate an entrance to a famous public space in Harrogate have been given the go-ahead.

Four members of North Yorkshire County Council are using budgets to support a project which will commemorate the centenary anniversary since the end of the First World War in Valley Gardens in Harrogate. The plans will see a set of Edwardian gates taken from the entrance to the former rose garden on King’s Road and placed at the Valley Drive entrance to the gardens.

Councillors Jim Clark, John Mann, Don Mackenzie and John Ennis have each handed £750 to the Friends of Valley Gardens to complete the project.

Coun Mann said: “I am very proud of the Valley Gardens – it is the green jewel in Harrogate’s floral crown and a magnet for tourists, local walkers and young people. I am very pleased that £750 from my county council budget is able to go towards the restoration of the Green Park entrance to these fantastic gardens.”

The King Edward VII gate and pillars, which were constructed in 1910, have been procured to be re-sited. They were originally donated by local industrialist and philanthropist, William Baxter.

The project will be completed with the extension of the rose beds which sit by the entrance, and will be replanted with Tommy and Peace memorial roses to mark both the First and Second World Wars.

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