A rose by any other name would be as brave

Just Regional
Apr 17, 2024 2 mins read

A stunning orange rose created to mark the 200th anniversary of the RNLI saving lives at sea has its roots planted in Sheringham.

Named by the charity’s supporters as With Courage, it was created by Norfolk-based Peter Beales Roses and bred by nursery manager Ian Limmer, whose grandfather volunteered at Sheringham Lifeboat Station for 30 years.

Ian Limmer

He said: “I feel very privileged to be part of this historic year, especially having had my grandfather serve in the RNLI for over 30 years in Sheringham.

“It makes it much more personal and I just feel so proud.”

The floribunda rose will form part of the Peter Beales display at the Chelsea Flower Show next month and will be flanked by a
D-class inshore lifeboat, the workhorse of the RNLI fleet.

Sheringham RNLI helmsman and professional photographer Chris Taylor was commissioned to photograph the rose by the RNLI, using Sheringham beach and lifeboat station as the backdrop and an iconic RNLI yellow welly as a vase.

The plant’s name was chosen in homage to one of the RNLI’s key values and the words of founder Sir William Hillary, who said: “With courage, nothing is impossible.”

And with such a strong local pedigree, it’s fitting that some of the bushes will be planted in the town, in the garden at Sheringham Medical Centre.

Supporters can buy their own rose bushes from – priced at £26.95 for bare-root and £31.95 in containers – with 20pc of the sales going to the charity.

Some 250 have already been given to the RNLI and planted around the country, including at the National Arboretum and at the grave of lifeboat heroine Grace Darling.

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