40 jobs to blossom at garden

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PLANS have been approved for a £4m investment at Wynyard Hall that will create 40 new jobs.

Stockton Council’s planning committee has granted permission for a new rose garden, visitor centre and cookery school at the landmark location, on the outskirts of Hartlepool.

It is intended that the garden and Italian terrace will include the widest range of rose species in the Europe, with the blooms in place by the end of the planned two-year project.

Plans state that the single-storey visitor centre building will include a café and gift shop, selling local produce and Wynyard Hall-related goods.

The new cookery school will include teaching rooms and accommodation for up to 12 people, with courses and tuition provided by expert chefs.

Councillor Michael Smith, cabinet member for regeneration and transport, said: “The application has been given careful and thoughtful consideration. The rose garden and new visitor centre will provide an enchanting new visitor attraction for the region.”

Paul Mackings, chief executive for Cameron Hall Developments, added: “Alongside the pure enjoyment of visiting the gardens throughout the year, we also hope that our passion and commitment to providing the widest range of rose species will encourage interest for horticulturists, both here and abroad, and that, on a wider scale, we will introduce a training centre for excellence in horticulture, food and hospitality.”