BUSHEY ROSE GARDEN
‘Friends of Bushey Rose Garden’ was formed on 13th May 2004 in response to a meeting local residents and a representative of Hertsmere Borough Council to discuss whet her there was sufficient local interest in renovating the Rose Garden which had fallen into disrepair and had been subjected to considerable vandalism.
Norman Vincent was elected, as ‘chair’ of a small, but enthusiastic committee focused on working with Hertsmere to restore the garden to its former glory.
Much work culminated in the successful application for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund which enabled work to go ahead in 2008.
The garden was reopened on 24th July, 2010 by the Lord Lieutenant for Hertfordshire.
The Friends committee has changed over the years, but it continues in its aim to promote the garden and raise its profile by organising events and activities for the local community. Events comprise a range of activities some organised in conjunction with other agencies. Regular yoga sessions are held during the summer; Easter and Halloween offer the opportunity for the younger members of our community to come and hunt for eggs or pumpkins and Santa has visited the garden annually! Summer music and craft activities, for children, have also become a regular feature in the garden.
Jazz sessions on fine summer evenings, coupled with picnics and a bar and our annual Quiz Night at the Blue Check Restaurant have become regular events.
In conjunction with Bushey Festival....The Rose Garden Tea Party has been a great success and will continue to expand and diversify our community events. Volunteers are always needed - so please do get in touch if you’d like to find out more about our events or volunteering with the friends or become more actively involved in other garden activities you can get in touch through our website or social media pages.
Unfortunately, along with all other events, coronavirus has prevented us from celebrating the tenth anniversary of the garden’s reopening this July. All our spring and summer plans had to be cancelled and it seems likely that Halloween and Santa will also have to be postponed. Fortunately the garden is open so it’s tranquillity can be enjoyed by anyone caring to visit.