Tribute roses to Queen Elizabeth II planted in Middlesbrough

Commemorative roses have been planted on a Middlesbrough estate in memory of Queen Elizabeth II.

Thirteen Rose Planting Use

17 Nov 2023

The special garden which can be seen from Marton Road, will see 70 pink roses bloom, to mark Her Majesty’s reign.

The garden of reflection and celebration was the idea of Middlesbrough Councillor Joan McTigue and Thirteen.

The work follows the company’s project, which saw 1,300 trees planted last year, on an estate nearby as part of the national Queen’s Green Canopy initiative.

Environmental specialist John Woods said: “This particular rose was the obvious choice for the project, which is a first in our area.

“We’ve planted the Queen Elizabeth rose. It’s a cultivar hybrid tea type rose, which was bred in 1954. It’s won many awards over the years and was once named the world’s favourite rose.

“Pink in colour, it works well planted at the back of borders, as it climbs up to six ft and blooms in the spring and summer.

“Not only has it got great meaning behind it, the blooms will benefit the environment, providing pollen and nectar for insects and bees.

“It’s one of many environmental projects that is changing the landscape on the estates where our customers live. We’re proud to be contributing to sustainable planting, which will benefit those who live there now, and in the future, to see the roses flourish.”

Longlands & Beechwood ward Councillor Joan McTigue added: “I’m very grateful to John and his team for taking this idea from concept to reality.

“Gardens and outdoor spaces can provide a real talking point and we hope it provides a lovely show for those passing by on one of the main roads into the town.

“It’s a fitting memorial to the late Queen, and we are sure it will go a long way towards encouraging the local residents to take pride in the area they live.”