Introduction to the Rose Society UK
The Rose Society UK formed in May 2017.
The old Royal National Rose Society unfortunately went into administration, a victim of its own success in years gone by. Determined not to be without a National Rose Society, a group of rose lovers gathered in Pelsall in the West Midlands to discuss what if anything could fill the void left for the UK's rose lovers.
Many events including the national amateur rose shows had been arranged for the upcoming season and the group decided that the formation of a new society could facilitate the opportunity for rose lovers to enjoy ongoing events and educational activity.
It very soon became apparent that starting a new society would entail a lot more than just running shows and in fact a whole new society needed to be developed for activity to commence.
People from all walks of life joined the society with a diverse interest in roses. The society formed an elected committee with a President, Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.
Latterly the society have appointed an office administrator to manage the society’s day to day affairs and a wider committee consisting of representatives from all over the British Isles and our very own World Federation representative. We also have a Chair of Shows and PR as well as a Membership Secretary and a shows committee.
The elected officers come from far and wide and despite the difficulties associated with living so far apart have all shown huge commitment to the ongoing success of the society.
In the first year the society introduced a Bronze Medal for affiliated rose and horticultural Societies to purchase and award to worthy exhibits in their shows.
Pre-Covid the affiliated societies were very active and it is hoped that like the Rose Society UK everyone will emerge from these unprecedented times and continue with the vital groups and clubs that keep our rose communities alive.