A GOLD-MEDAL winning gardener is the man behind a new rose garden at a Cumbrian castle.

Dan Pearson is a regular at the Chelsea Flower Show and has designed Lowther Castle's latest floral addition.

Work is now under way on his rose garden, which is being planted in the shape of a rose bloom.

Briar roses will form this shape, with kissing gates allowing access into a ornamental rose collection.

More than 2,000 roses from David Austin will go into the final planting while a central water feature will mimic the stamens of a rose.

Martin Ogle, head gardener for the Lowther Castle Estate, said: “We are delighted to have begun implementing Dan Pearson’s designs for our Rose Garden. Although innovative and contemporary, the Rose Garden will still be in keeping with the layers of memory from Lowther’s past. We will continue to share updates as we progress.”