Rose garden created in memory of staff member

Doreen Ives and Geoff Baker plant a rose in memory of Geoff Ives.
Doreen Ives and Geoff Baker plant a rose in memory of Geoff Ives.

A commemorative rose garden has been set up in the grounds of a Newmarket hotel in memory of one of its long-serving gardeners.

The special garden has been set up at the Bedford Lodge Hotel to honour the life of gardener Geoff Ives who died earlier this year at the age of 92.

To celebrate Mr Ives’ life, and his 28 years’ service at the Bury Road hotel, bosses decided to create the garden, along with planting a unique rose, coloured yellow after his favourite football team Norwich City.

During his time working at the four-star hotel Mr Ives won numerous awards for his rose gardens.

“Geoff is sadly missed by all who knew him,” said Noel Byrne, chief executive of the hotel.

“He was a much-loved and familiar face at the hotel who always had a smile on him come rain or shine.

“He nurtured and grew most of the flora, in particular the roses you see in the hotel grounds today and was our longest-serving employee.

“So it seemed only fitting to show our appreciation by planting the garden and a rose in his name, which the staff raised funds for.”

Handed the honour of planting the rose was Mr Ives’ wife, Doreen, and Geoff Baker, friend and colleague, who landscaped the new garden.

“Not a day goes by where I don’t think about Geoff,” said Mr Baker.

“Not only was he a colleague but he was also a dear friend.”