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Overgrown climbing roses rarely put on a good show, so set to with sharp secateurs and twine. Young stems are what is needed for increased flowering, so leave up to six of these. Cut back some older, woodier growth right down to the ground and chop out anything that is dead, dying, damaged or diseased. Shorten side shoots to two or three buds on the branches you have left and then, finally, fan out the stems and tie them in to their support. Pull them towards horizontal and, come summer, they will reward you with new growth all the way along.