Attleborough rose grower takes home Chelsea gold

Six months of painstaking prepartion paid off for an Attleborough-based rose grower who has triumphed yet again at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

It had been a nail-biting few weeks for many of the exhibiting nursery owners as they struggled to prevent their beautiful blooms from flowering early due to the recent pro-longed sunny spell.

But staff at Peter Beales Roses rallied to create one of the world famous show's most eye-catching and colourful displays and were deservedly rewarded for their efforts today with a gold award.

The glittering accolade brings the company's tally of Chelsea gold awards to almost 20.

Chairman Peter Beales said: 'It was a fantastic surprise to win a gold this year, especially after the excessive dry weather we have had in Norfolk.'

Ultra-tall wooden obelisks and a carved sculpture by Martin Pigg were the eye-catching features on the grower's award-winning stand, which also displayed the newly-launched The Churchill Rose - a delicate yellow shrub rose introduced for Churchill College, University of Cambridge.

Also launched at the show was the creamy lemon and white rose Friendship of Strangers created for The Friends of Norwich Museums.

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Stand designer and managing director Richard Beales added: 'I am showcasing climbing and rambling roses on obelisks. Obelisks add another dimension in the form of height to gardens, especially where gardeners have limited ground space.

'It allows the smaller garden owners to be able to enjoy climbing or rambling roses which are normally more associated with large gardens.'