Rare wild rose found in gardens of castle
Published 29/07/2015 | 14:37
A rare type of wild rose may have been growing unnoticed in the grounds of a castle since the 16th century, curators at the site have said.
The discovery at Tutbury Castle, once the place of imprisonment for Mary, Queen of Scots, was made on the banks of a moat during a flora survey.
It is hoped the pale pink rose - only the second of its type found in Staffordshire since 1878 - may now be named after the partially-ruined castle, which welcomes thousands of visitors each year.
The hybrid of dog rose and sweet briar has leaves which smell of apples, and was hailed by castle curator Lesley Smith as "a beautiful and unexpected link with our ancestors".
"It is funny to think how many people have walked past it over hundreds of years and not known it was there," she said.