NEW for 2024 - Rosa 'RNLI 200th With Courage'

RNLI 200th with courage rose

To mark the 200th anniversary of the RNLI we are delighted to introduce our newest rose – ‘RNLI 200th With Courage’.

This fabulous Floribunda bush rose is available to pre-order now as a bare root rose for delivery from November 2024.

20% of the proceeds from the sale of the rose will be paid in support of the RNLI.

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To commemorate this spectacular occasion, ‘RNLI 200th With Courage’ will receive its official launch at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May. At the heart of our breathtaking floral display will be a retired RNLI D class inshore lifeboat, the workhorse of the RNLI fleet, surrounded by a sea of magnificent roses.

‘RNLI 200th With Courage’ produces clusters of coppery-orange flowers with a sweet apple fragrance throughout June and July, repeating again in September and into October. Growing to around 90cm (3 feet) tall, this compact bush rose is ideal for growing in the middle of a mixed border or planted in a large pot.

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RNLI 200th With Courage rose

The rose is named ‘RNLI 200th With Courage’, as voted for by the generous supporters of the RNLI.

“Courage is one of the RNLI’s values, and our crew live it every day as they save lives at sea. Wouldn’t it be amazing if one of these roses was planted to represent every one of the lives saved since 1824? That is 146,000. But I’m determined to get my order in first! Thank you to Peter Beales, and all of their rose-loving customers.”
Jayne George
RNLI Fundraising, Marketing and Media Director 

RNLI 200th Anniversary rose

Picture credit: Chris Taylor

“I feel very privileged to be part of this historic year, especially having my grandfather serve in the RNLI for over 30 years in Sheringham, Norfolk. It makes it much more personal and I just feel so proud.”
Ian Limmer, Nursery Manager, 
Peter Beales Roses

Ian Limmer with RNLI 200th With Courage rose

Picture credit: Chris Taylor

About the RNLI and their 200th Anniversary

The 4th March 2024 marks the bicentenary of the RNLI. The RNLI was founded in the City of London Tavern on 4 March 1824 following an appeal from Sir William Hillary, who lived on the Isle of Man and witnessed many shipwrecks.

The RNLI has continued saving lives at sea throughout the tests of its history, including tragic disasters, funding challenges and two World Wars. In 1940, 19 RNLI lifeboats were used to evacuate troops from Dunkirk. Two had RNLI crews on board, while the others were crewed by the Royal Navy. Together they all saved thousands of lives while being shelled and bombed.

Two centuries have seen vast developments in the lifeboats and kit used by the charity’s lifesavers – from the early oar-powered vessels to today’s technology-packed boats, which are now built in-house by the charity; and from the rudimentary cork lifejackets of the 1850s to the full protective kit each crew member is now issued with.

Today, it operates 238 lifeboat stations around the UK and Ireland, including four on the River Thames, and has seasonal lifeguards on over 240 lifeguarded beaches around the UK. It designs and builds its own lifeboats and runs domestic and international water safety programmes.  Its volunteer crews have launched the lifeboats 380,328 times, saving 146,277 lives, while its lifeguards – who became part of the RNLI’s lifesaving service in 2001 – have responded to 303,030 incidents on some of the UK’s busiest beaches, saving 2,000 lives. In total this equates to an average of two lives saved every day for 200 years.

But, while much has changed in 200 years, two things have remained the same – the charity’s dependence on volunteers, who give their time and commitment to save others, and the voluntary contributions from the public which have funded the service for the past two centuries. For more information on the RNLI’s 200th anniversary, or to donate, visit: RNLI.org/200

RNLI 200th With Courage rose

Picture credit: Chris Taylor