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Rare wild rose found in grounds of Tutbury Castle

A rare type of wild rose may have been growing unnoticed in the grounds of a castle in Staffordshire since the 16th century Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A rare type of wild rose may have been growing unnoticed in the grounds of a castle in Staffordshire since the 16th century, curators at the site have said.

The discovery at Tutbury Castle, once the place of imprisonment for Mary, Queen of Scots, was made on the banks of a moat during a flora survey.

It is hoped the pale pink rose - only the second of its type found in Staffordshire since 1878 - may now be named after the partially-ruined castle, which welcomes thousands of visitors each year.

The hybrid of dog rose and sweet briar has leaves which smell of apples.

"The rose provides a beautiful and unexpected link with our ancestors".

"It is funny to think how many people have walked past it over hundreds of years and not known it was there."

– Castle curator Lesley Smith
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Fairytale weekend at Tutbury Castle

Fairytale characters at Tutbury Castle Credit: PA

Tutbury Castle in Staffordshire, has began its Fairytale Weekend, which runs throughout the August bank holiday.

The fairytale themed event is being staged at the royal castle near Burton-on-Trent, with face painting, egg hunts and a mini farm on offer.

Mini farm at the royal castle Credit: PA
Young girl playing with bubbles Credit: PA

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