Saffie's garden to be permanently on show

A garden which features a rose named in honour of the youngest victim of the Manchester terror attack will become a permanent memorial to her.

Wednesday, 18th July 2018, 8:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 19th July 2018, 5:37 pm
Saffie's father Andrew and brother are pictured on the opening day of the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2018 in Knutsford

The BBC North West Tonight Garden at the Tatton Flower show features a rose created specially in the memory of Saffie Rose Roussos, the eight-year-old girl from Leyland, who was the youngest to die in the suicide bomb attack, which killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on May 17 last year.

Saffie's rose went on sale for the first time at the show yesterday.

And once the flower show is over, the garden, designed by Janine Crimmins, will move to a permanent home at the Willow Garden Project in Fleetwood. Elements from the garden will be gifted to the community.

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Saffie and her rose

Saffie's father, Andrew, said his daughter would have been thrilled and revealed the family's pet name for her was "Rosebud".

He said: "When you ask for it, ask for a Saffie Rose, she will love that. It's a lovely way to have a little piece of her."

Rose grower Keith Jones, who developed the flower after a fundraising campaign, said: "It was something so nice to remember Saffie by because it's permanent.

"As long as we keep growing it - which we will do - it will be growing forevermore."

£4 from each rose sold will be donated to north West charities and can be purchased here.