Feature, Freight News, Sea

Flower power

[ March 30, 2021   //   ]

The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society has planted a rose garden at its maritime care home in the Surrey town of Banstead, to celebrate the centenary of the seafarer charity Stella Maris (formerly the Apostleship of the Sea).

It features the Stella Maris rose, a Hybrid Tea rose cultivated by Harkness Roses and distributed by World of Roses, follows a Container Shipping Supporting Seafarers (CSSS) initiative to raise funds for Stella Maris, the world’s largest ship-visiting network.

World of Roses donates 35% of the price of every plant sold.

CSSS founder Philip Eastell said: “We are delighted that the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society is supporting the initiative and encourage more maritime companies to ‘say it with flowers’. We would love to see a Stella Maris Rose Garden in every port, in every terminal, in every shipping line head office grounds, indeed the grounds of any organisation operating within the maritime supply chain.”

Chief executive of the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, Commander Brian Boxall-Hunt, said: “It is hugely beneficial to resident well-being so we are thrilled to unveil the garden in time for spring.”