Dean Hole Medal

After President Colin Squire handed out Silver Medals to the winners from the society rose 2019 shows the time came to reveal the name of the recipient of the reintroduced Dean Hole Medal.

Honours Committee Chairman Derek Lawrence produced a citation recognising the huge contribution that the winner had made to the UK rose scene, which was read out in Derek’s absence by Tracey Miller.

Angela Pawsey DHM recieves her medal and certificate from

The Rose Society UK President Colin Squire OBE

Citation of Angela Pawsey DHM

By Chairman of Honours Committee: Mr Derek Lawrence

Committee Members: Mr David Kenny and  Mr Chris Warner


The Rose Society UK is delighted to announce that Angela Pawsey of Cants Roses, Colchester to be bestowed with the Dean Hole Medal Award.

This lady has given outstanding contribution to the rose world with the publication of ‘Find That Rose’ since its inception in 1982. Angela has conducted her Editorship with sheer dedication and professionalism. The book features 34 fellow nurserymen, which underpins her selfless determination to ensure that the publication has been produced to purely assist gardeners as guidance to which nurseries grow certain varieties of roses. In the past 37 years, the publication has become a classic indispensable locator for rose lovers not just in the United Kingdom, but on a global platform. The current edition features 3,750 varieties and continues to expand in content on a yearly basis. Although it remains as a hard copy, its contents are freely available by form of a website.

For many years, Angela has been actively involved in managing the highly successful family-run rose nursery, ‘R. Cants & Son’ with her brothers, Martin and Roger. The business was established in 1765, which originally grew all sorts of plants, including Azaleas, Fuchsias and Rhododendrons. However, in 1853, the Company decided to concentrate on roses, due to their rising popularity. Since then, ‘Cants of Colchester’ have become a major player in the rose world and have bred some remarkable varieties that include, ‘Alpine Sunset’. ‘English Miss’ and ‘Gold Star.’ In 1994, the cultivar, ‘Just Joey’ reached the highest international accolade that any variety can receive by becoming the ‘World’s Favourite Rose’ from the World Federation of Rose Societies.

Angela is a highly respected rosarian who has been unstinting in her sterling work and has carried it out in her quiet and unassuming manner. She has a proven track record for manning rose information stands at numerous national flower shows over countless years. Angela is always eager to freely give advise and to share her infinite wisdom to the general public, whom are met by her friendly enthusiasm.

Angela’s enduring service and dedication to the rose has been exceptional. The lady is an unsung hero, who truly deserves such honourable recognition in the rose world.

Derek Lawrence

Chairman Honours Committee