HRH Prince of Wales visits Le Manoir

HRH The Prince of Wales (who is Patron for Garden Organic) commemorated his visit to therecently created National Heritage Garden at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons by planting an organic apple tree in the grounds of the two Michelin starred hotel and restaurant. The apple tree, named Bright Future, is part of a variety that was introduced to celebrate 50 years of Garden Organic.

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The National Heritage Garden was created by Raymond Blanc OBE in June 2014 to showcase rare heritage vegetables and to gather information about organic gardening methods and heritage foods. It is run in partnership with Garden Organic and their Heritage Seed Library (HSL), which conserves vegetable varieties from across Northern Europe that would otherwise have disappeared.

The new garden features over 70 varieties from the Garden Organic Heritage Seed Library, which were chosen for their flavour.

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HRH The Prince of Wales, who has been the Patron of Garden Organic for more than 25 years, met Anne Keenan, who won the competition to design the Heritage Garden, Apprentice Gardener, David Love Cameron, and the team at Belmond Le Manoir, who maintain the garden and Heritage Seed Library throughout the year.

Commenting on the visit, Raymond said “On such a rainy day as today HRH The Prince of Wales certainly lifted our spirits.  It was a jovial and interesting tour and I am deeply honoured.”

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