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New Hazlehead Park rose beds honour dedicated work of Macmillan Cancer Support

12/03/14

A rose specially-created to honour the work of a leading cancer charity has been planted in Aberdeen's Hazlehead Park.

The Macmillan Nurse Rose, which was first introduced at 1998's Chelsea Flower Show, was developed to raise awareness of Macmillan Cancer Support. Helping plant the new Roses are Lord Provost George Adam, with Jennifer Mitchell (Macmillan fund raising manager) & Gary Walker (Chairman of the Friends of Hazlehead park).

Aberdeen Lord Provost George Adam and representatives of the charity gathered in the Queen Mother's Rose Garden in Hazlehead Park to plant the last of the 180 flowers, which boast large, white rosettes sometimes flushed peach.

The Council bought the blooms to honour the work Macmillan does in the community.

The planting project is part of a wider regeneration of the Queen Mother's Rose Garden and has been supported by Macmillan Cancer Support, the Friends of Hazlehead and Aberdeen City Council's environmental services team.

Aberdeen Lord Provost George Adam said: "Macmillan Cancer Support must be commended for the life-changing work they do on a daily basis.

"They help people facing what is often the toughest time of their life and do so with unwavering commitment.

"Through their practical, medical and financial support, Macmillan offers a lifeline to many and I cannot praise their tireless efforts enough.

"I firmly believe in the power of nature in the healing process and parks in particular can offer a haven for people seeking timeout during their recuperation.

"The Macmillan Nurse Rose is a beautiful flower and we hope its presence in Hazlehead Park will act as a gentle reminder of the fantastic work Macmillan does.

"I would like to thank Macmillan Cancer Support for their efforts in this planting project and would praise the work of the Council's environmental team and the Friends of Hazlehead in seeing this project to fruition.

"The rose gardens in Hazlehead Park are stunning when in full bloom and I would encourage people to take full advantage of this beautiful and peaceful place."

Jennifer Mitchell, Macmillan Cancer Support fundraising manager for Aberdeen and Grampian, added: "Macmillan Cancer Support would like to extend our gratitude to Aberdeen City Council and the Friends of Hazlehead for planting the Macmillan Nurse Rose in Hazlehead Park's Queen Mother's Rose Garden.

"The roses are a wonderful legacy from the Council and pay tribute to our nurses, who help thousands of people living with cancer.

"I look forward to seeing them in full bloom and I hope that the many visitors to the beautiful park and gardens take the opportunity to reflect on loved ones who are currently living with cancer and remember those no longer with us."

Gary Walker, Chairman of the Friends of Hazlehead, said: "The Friends are delighted to be working in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support and the Council in the renovation of the Queen Mother's Rose Garden.

"The project will take a few years but by raising the profile of the gardens and working with various organisations, the Rose Garden, and Hazlehead Park on the whole, will continue to prosper and attract locals and visitors to Aberdeen."