Saumarez Park rose garden
The Rose Garden At Saumarez Park
The rose garden at Saumarez Park holds a special place in the park's history, but in April 2008 the gardens bushes had to be replaced. BBC Guernsey's Gareth Owen found out why.
In 2007, the garden in Saumarez Park was not looking its best after an attack of the Honey Fungus parasite.
Working on the rose garden
Back in 1986 as part of the 40th anniversary of the liberation of Guernsey the garden underwent a major restoration to return it to its former glory.
Since then, the States has maintained the gardens and every year islanders and visitors have enjoyed its peace and tranquility.
In 2008, the States decided to restore the garden fully by taking drastic action and replacing the rose bushes.
The park is also home to the Honey Fungus as it has a large amount of trees and as a result the fungus had moved towards the rose garden after trees nearby were infected with the disease.
Senior Manager at States Works, Malcolm Cleal said "Saumarez Park has always had a problem with Honey Fungus" and the only option which was open to States Works was to remove existing roots and shrubs and allow the soil to regenerate.
last updated: 06/10/2008 at 14:26
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