ROCHDALE ONLINE: ‘Local hero’ Luke Pollock visits Hopwood Hall Estate to receive certificate and plant a special rose

Posted on 4th June 2021 by Fred Wall

A local nine-year-old received a special certificate when visiting the Hopwood Hall estate after trying to stop irreplaceable flagstones being stolen from the St Mary in the Baum church.

Luke Pollock, nine, had left a heartfelt plea tied to the gates at his church following the thefts, asking for the thieves to leave the “precious” flagstones as the church did not have the money to replace them.

Following on from Luke’s bit to try to stop the thieving, Hopwood DePree – whose ancestral flagstones were also stolen from the rose garden at Hopwood Hall in November 2020 –  invited Luke to visit the hall on Tuesday (1 June), look around the gardens and be presented with a special ‘New Beginnings’ rose bush that was planted in the garden in his honour.

Hopwood also presented Luke with a Hopwood Hall Estate ‘Local Hero’ award certificate to mark his dedication to helping to preserve the region’s heritage.

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