Deputy Mayor of St Albans Cllr Josie Madoc planted a rose and a Judas tree to help restore the Civic Rose Garden.

This marks the end of phase one of an initiative to restore the garden, which has been neglected in recent years.

Since the spring, retired garden designer Christine Graves has led a group of volunteers, working in collaboration with St Albans district council and John O'Conner Grounds Maintenance, to create a 'city centre oasis' that can be enjoyed by the whole community.

Herts Advertiser: Deputy Mayor Cllr Josie Madoc and Christine GravesDeputy Mayor Cllr Josie Madoc and Christine Graves (Image: Sarah Gooden)

On May 8, as part of the Big Help Out, volunteers helped to weed and plant a 30-metre long shady border with herbaceous perennials.

In subsequent sessions, three further beds have been weeded and planted with a variety of plants, spring bulbs and 20 new roses donated by Rochfords of Hertford.


Cllr Madoc planted the last rose to mark the end of this phase of the work, and then enjoyed a celebratory non-alcoholic drink in the garden with Christine and David Graves.

Gardening will be maintained over the winter - and further plans are being discussed for the future of the garden.

Anyone who would like to get involved and donate plants can get in touch by emailing