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Rose Pruning Day

Are you interested in roses? Would you like to help keep our beautiful Grade I listed gardens blooming?

Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens on Church Lane is holding a rose pruning day on Thursday 23 February.

During the day there will be two sessions, the first beginning at 10am and another at 1pm. Each session will begin with an introduction to rose pruning for beginners followed by lots of hands-on practical learning in the rose garden, helping the garden team with the annual pruning which will help ensure the plants grow vigorously and flower well.

Each session will last between two to three hours, however this is just a guide and people who are unable to stay for the full session are still welcome. A limited number of tools will be available on the day, but if volunteers have their own tools and could bring their secateurs and gloves along with them that would be helpful.

Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens has a friendly volunteer group who meet up fortnightly for a couple of hours and support the gardens team by helping with weeding, pruning and planting. Regular volunteer sessions will be starting on Monday 13 March and new volunteers are always welcome. Green-fingered newcomers will be given an induction and a risk assessment leaflet to read and sign on their first visit.

Spending time outside being active has been proven to hold significant health benefits. Volunteers don't have to come to every session, even if you only make it once a year, your help will be most welcome. It's a great way of meeting new people and keeping fit and healthy too.

For more information about the rose pruning day or the volunteer group, please email franzi.cheeseman@southbucks.gov.uk or call the Memorial Gardens office on 01753 523744.