Introducing the Ampleforth Rose

The Yellow Rose of Ampleforth Photo by Tony Bartholmew

The Yellow Rose of Ampleforth Photo by Tony Bartholmew - Credit: Tony Bartholomew

We love roses in Yorkshire of course and a new one has been dedicated to helping a very good cause Photographs by Joan Russell

A brand new rose is to help raise funds for a village hall on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. The primrose yellow Ampleforth Rose has been bred by the Amateur Rose Breeders Association and is propagated exclusively by a nursery in Pickering. A percentage of the sales from each bush will go towards the upkeep of Ampleforth Village Hall.

The first 28 rose bushes were bought late last year by Anna Lupton, of Carr House Farm, who has planted most of them to create a rose garden in front of her award-winning bed and breakfast, just two miles from Ampleforth Abbey and College.

She also donated one bush to Helmsley Walled Garden where it can be seen in an area dedicated to the late Alison Ticehurst who founded the garden in 1994. Anna says: ‘My husband Jack and I bought the roses as a Christmas present to each other and planted the rose garden. We now have the first rose bed of Ampleforth Roses flowering in Ampleforth.’

Mark Gerrand-Jones, of RV Roger, the nursery propagating the new flower said: ‘The Ampleforth Rose is a floribunda with a lovely fragrance, bearing two or three large flowers of a hybrid tea shape per stem. The flowers are primrose yellow fading to white toward the outside petals and it repeats flowers through the season.’ The first full crop of the Ampleforth Rose is available as bare-root plants in November 2015, and we are taking orders now. The rose costs £10.30 each.

Catriona McLees, head of promotion and tourism for the North York Moors National Park, adds: ‘The Ampleforth Rose is absolutely beautiful, and we’re delighted that it’s going to be raising funds for such a good cause.’

RV Roger nursery grows 50,000 roses in more than 650 varieties. Visitors are encouraged to walk through the rose fields to see, touch and smell the many different roses. The nursery was the setting for the Ryedale Rose Festival in July organised by the British Isles Rose Society.

Is the rose your favourite flower and who or what would you dedicate a new bloom to if you had the chance? Tweet your ideas to @Yorkshire_Life or email We would love to hear from you.

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