Roman theme for new garden being built in Carlisle

Raised beds New raised beds will be filled with plants reflecting the Roman period.

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A dry stone waller, Steve Allen, is helping construct a Roman inspired garden in Cumbria.

The garden, in the grounds of Tullie House Museum, Carlisle, is the latest part of a project to improve the public areas around the tourist attraction.

Four raised flowerbeds are under construction using local red sandstone.

They will be filled with plants known to have Roman connections by garden designer Ian Corri and a team of volunteers.

"It is really interesting to work where the Romans used to be," Mr Allen said.

To allow access to the plants including lavender, sage, rosemary and thyme they are being planted into raised, rather than sunken beds.

Mr Corri said: "Once the walls are finished and we backfill with the soil, we are going to put in a lot of the plants the Romans used and had around them, so plants that are endemic to Italy."

Historians believe Roman connections to Carlisle date from at least 72AD when a fort was built in the area.

Other improvements to the garden recently have seen the area at the entrance to Abbey Street redesigned with plants chosen to reflect the Jacobean period.

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