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Kipling's garden gets new roses

Bateman's, home of Rudyard Kipling
Bateman's has gardens down to the River Dudwell and a working watermill

Roses sponsored by members of the public are being planted at the 17th Century Jacobean home in East Sussex of the writer, Rudyard Kipling.

The National Trust is re-planting the Rose Garden at Bateman's, in Burwash, which was originally designed by the Nobel prize winning author in 1907.

They include some of the same species of roses that were previously there and some new varieties.

Sponsors of the roses have placed messages in a commemorative book.

Several roses have been sponsored in memory of people who have worked at Bateman's from Kipling's time to the present day.

Others have chosen to sponsor a rose because they have spent a memorable day at the property.


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