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Apple trees and peas: Prince Charles visits heritage garden

The Prince of Wales made a visit to Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons in Milton on Friday to view an organic heritage garden bespoke by Raymond Blanc.

In collaboration with Garden Organic’s Heritage Seed Library (HSL), world-renowned Chef Raymond Blanc OBE, opened The National Heritage Garden at Le Manoir this past June. The goal of the garden is to highlight the rare heritage vegetables grown from the Heritage Seed Library.

For over 25 years, Prince Charles has been Patron of Garden Organic.

On Friday, The Prince was able to view unusual types of produce growing in the garden such as the Carruthers Purple Popped Pea and Delicata Squash.

During his visit, Charles met Anne Keenan who won the Heritage Garden design competition. Also on hand to meet Charles was Apprentice Gardener and competition winner, David Love Cameron as well as the staff who take care of the garden and Heritage Seed Library during the year.

“We are grateful that as Patron of Garden Organic, HRH The Prince of Wales, is actively supporting and promoting our organic growing initiatives such as the Heritage Seed Library. The Prince of Wales’s interest in protecting and conserving our organic heritage is well-known, and this visit will help to raise awareness of the work we are doing to protect and conserve these heritage varieties for future generations,” James Campbell, Chief Executive of Garden Organic commented.

Chef Blanc and Charles planted trees in an orchard to mark the occasion.

“Just the day for planting a tree,” The Prince of Wales commented on what turned out to be a rainy Friday.

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