Heritage Roses at St Albans
The overgrown and neglected public Burial Grounds at St Albans Church, Pauatahanui was cleared by local volunteers over a period from 1991. They decided to plant heritage and older type roses in keeping with the Historic Site. Many were grown from cuttings, or were donated. Others were rescued from roadsides and old properties under threat from development. Some roses were discovered during clearing are believed to date from early settler times.
Since 2007, the burial ground has been owned and maintained by the Porirua City Council.Volunteers continue to tend the roses for the enjoyment of visitors. In season - the flowering roses present a lovely sight and compliment the historical significance to the ancient burial grounds presided over by the St Albans church.
I hope my images will inspire viewers to visit this little known beautiful tourist "spot" tucked away in a corner of Pauatahanui Porirua.
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