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Ribble Valley Borough Council

Art in Clitheroe Castle Grounds

Community Rose Garden


Selected pupils from Ribblesdale High School have worked with a wide range of partners to design and create this beautiful new community space. Through the Lancashire County Council's Community Design scheme a local garden designer, David Fisher was commissioned to work with pupils from Ribblesdale Technical College to create a new design layout for the area.

The proposal for the area rejuvenates the rose garden creating a fun and vibrant feature for the Clitheroe Castle experience including a new refreshed planting scheme, site specific floor design, bespoke benches / street furniture, site specific art works depicting the beauty, nature, and geography of our borough.

The overall design of the Garden is influenced by key Ribble Valley features such as the River Ribble, the hen harrier (the bird that represents the Forest of Bowland Area), limestone (quarrying history and the special geological sites within the area).

The materials for the project were selected by the steering group to represent the Ribble Valley and the individual designs were developed by the artists in consolation with Ribblesdale pupils.

Previous to the commencement of the work Ribblesdale pupils exhibited their design ideas to the public in an exhibition in the Ribble Valley Council Chambers and presented their design to R.V. Councillors at a Community Committee meeting.

Major features of the new Community Rose garden include 

A pathway inspired by the River Ribble

Hen Harrier metal sculpture by Ribble Valley's Trapp Forge

Limestone Carving by Ribble Valley's Martyn Bednarczuk

A new creative planting scheme

Pebble mosaic created by artist Janette Ireland inspired by the Ribble Valley

Custom built pergola

Custom built seating

This project is supported by: Clitheroe the Future, Lancashire County Council, Ribble Valley Borough Council, Aggregates Levy, Myerscough College, Friends of Clitheroe Castle, Ribblesdale Technical College, North West Development Agency, Barclays.

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