Gardening and health have forever been entwined but this year we experienced this bond in ways we could have never imagined. Thrust into a strange new existence in March 2020, we became heavily reliant on two staples we had come to take for granted somewhat in our busy everyday lives - our National Health Service and our outdoor spaces. 

It seemed fitting that this year we celebrate both our NHS and the outdoor havens that we have relied so heavily on by naming our new rose release for 2021, ‘Nye Bevan’ (Auspital). Named after the founder of the NHS, we are honoured to have the blessing of the Bevan Family and support of the Aneurin Bevan Society in introducing this uplifting variety, whose light and airy blooms radiate hope and positivity.

Nye Bevan (Auspital)

English shrub rose

This new variety is a truly delightful English Shrub Rose bearing small-medium sized unusual open cupped flowers of soft yellow, which pale gently to cream over time. The scallop-shaped in-curved petals, are almost heart-like in shape and are loosely yet generously assembled around a central boss of golden stamens creating a soft, feather-like appearance. Borne in well spaced sprays, the central petals of each bloom are deeper in colour, which is captivating especially during the spectacular first flush of blooms. It forms a very healthy, medium-sized shrub with mid-green, semi-glossy foliage and light myrrh fragrance.

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£2.50 from the sale of each Nye Bevan rose will be donated to a selection of NHS and other health-based charities

Nye Bevan

Size: Medium Shrub 3.5ft  x 2.5ft
Color: Pale Yellow
Flowering: Repeat
Fragrance: Light-medium, Myrrh
Bloom size: Medium
Ideal for: Rose hedges, pots & containers, mixed borders, rose borders

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aneurin Bevan

There are few people in the world who can be truly credited for improving the lives of so many for generations to come. Aneurin Bevan is one of those people. Born into a working class family in Wales in 1897, Bevan, having left school at 13, went to work in a coal mine where he became involved in local union politics, and then went on to become a member of the Labour party becoming a leading figure in the 1926 general strike.

Two years later he became an MP and a prominent voice in political circles. After World War II he was appointed as the Minister of Health in Clement Attlee’s new Labour government - the youngest member of the cabinet at 47. He led the establishment of the National Health Service to provide medical care to all at point of need, without which, today, we would be in a hugely different place.

"The collective principle asserts that ... no society can legitimately call itself civilised if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means."

- Aneurin Bevan