People from Somerset are being reminded they can still nominate themselves to receive a special rose in memory of a loved one from a garden centre in the county (October, 2014).
Individuals who have or had loved ones that fought in any conflict, not just World War One, can receive a free ?Peace Rose? from Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre.
Andrew Pitman, Plant and Duty Manager at the independent, family-run garden centre at Monkton Heathfield near Taunton, said: ?We have opened up our offer of a free ?Peace Rose? to people who have lost a relative or loved one in any conflict.
?To be in with the chance of receiving a rose people will need to fill out a giveaway slip available from our reception desk and write their details along with the name of a relative or loved one and we will randomly pick people to receive a free rose. We have 500 roses to give away in total.
?The roses can then be planted by the winners to remember their loved ones by. The slips people fill out can be placed in our collection box at our reception desk and the winners will be contacted this month. We will then invite them to the garden centre to collect their prize in November.?
The closing date for requests is Saturday, November 1, 2014.
People who applied for a Peace rose earlier in the year will receive an invitation to collect them during a special memorial weekend being arranged by the garden centre on November 8 and 9.
During the weekend representatives from the Poppy Appeal will be at the garden centre collecting.
Individuals will need to bring along the letter they receive from the garden centre to qualify for their free rose.
All of the names the garden centre collects will be added to a special memorial page on its website.
Andrew added: ?The Peace rose is a well-known and loved garden rose with large flowers of yellow and cream.
?The rose is so called because French Horticulturalist, Francis Meilland, wrote to Field Marshal Alan Brooke, the principal author of the master strategy that won the?Second World War, in 1945 to thank him for his key part in the liberation of France and to ask if he would give his name to the rose. Alan declined and said that though he was honored to be asked his name would soon be forgotten and a much better and more enduring name would be Peace.
?This is a great opportunity for us to help people across the community remember their relatives and loved ones. We are looking forward to publishing our memorial page as we feel it will be a fitting tribute.?
To find out more, please visit Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre, which is located just off the A38 at Monkton Heathfield between Bridgwater and Taunton.
Alternatively, please call the garden centre on 01823 412 381, visit www.monktonelmgardencentre.co.uk, log on to www.facebook.com/Monktonelm or follow the company on Twitter by visiting www.twitter.com/Monktonelm.