Visitors enjoy inaugural rose festival in Attleborough

Visitors to an Attleborough nursery were able to wander the site's newly revamped garden as the company hosted its first ever Rose Festival.

The stunning weather showed off the beautiful blooms to full effect at the award-winning Peter Beales Roses, based in London Road, during the event which took place over Saturday and Sunday.

The weekend also treated visitors to guided tours of the rose garden, a gardeners' question time and rose-themed refreshments including rose cream teas and even rose beer.

Managing director Richard Beales said in recent years the nursery had been concentrating on its expansion into international markets but the festival was a new way of bringing back some focus on the actual site.

He said: 'There's lots going on in being a commercial nursery and we have not spent as much time on the site. We decided to revamp the gardens, renew some of the old roses, replenish the soil and replant.

'A lot of it was done last February so the roses are only a few months old and we wanted to show people all the changes we have done so we thought we would hold our own festival.'

Mr Beales added: 'People are thoroughly enjoying it. Feedback has been nothing but positive and will help grow the event in future.'

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Peter Beales Roses, which won its 18th gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year, has been trading for almost 40 years.

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