Windsor Great Park's rose garden to be re-landscaped

Thousands of new roses will be planted under design plans to transform part of the Royal Landscape in Windsor Great Park into a contemporary and dramatic garden.

The 3,600 sq m rose garden, located within the Savill Garden, has been re-designed by RHS chief assessor and landscape architect Andrew Wilson.

The contemporary new design for the garden will shortly be submitted to Runnymede Borough Council by the Crown Estate for planning approval.

The design envisages the creation of an intense sensory experience with roses especially chosen for their scent, strong colours and repeat flowering. Over 2,500 roses will be planted and a wooden walkway constructed above the garden.

If the new garden receives planning consent, then work will begin in the first half of 2009 and the garden will open to the public in the summer 2010.

Andrew Wilson said: "There is a real sense and history of progressive thinking here and I see the new rose garden as part of a continuing series of revitalising new ventures. The coming months should be very exciting."

The Crown Estate's keeper of the gardens Mark Flanagan said: "The existing Rose Garden, established over 50 years ago, is now rather dated. We decided to address that by developing a modern rose garden design which will explore the contemporary use of roses. "The new garden leaves behind traditional elements such as pergolas and the formality associated with conventional designs and leads us into a quite new way of presenting roses which will provide a fresh and stimulating visitor experience."

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