Queen pays royal visit to Capel Manor, Enfield

PUBLISHED: 12:50 04 August 2010 | UPDATED: 17:39 20 February 2013

Queen pays royal visit to Capel Manor, Enfield

Queen pays royal visit to Capel Manor, Enfield

CAPEL Manor College in Enfield had the honour of a royal visit by Her Majesty the Queen who was invited to see the college working and to officially open the latest and most challenging development, the 'Old Manor House Garden'.

CAPEL Manor College in Enfieldhad the honour of a royal visit by Her Majesty the Queen.

The Queen was invited to see the college working and to officially open the latest and most challenging development project to the Colleges 30 acres of visitor gardens, the Old Manor House Garden.

Governors, staff, students, sponsors and supporters of the college were joined by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, Sir David Brewer, CMG JP and College Patron, the Duke of Devonshire, for this prestigious occasion, which saw the Queen take a tour of the College that included viewing displays by a select few students as well as enjoying a whistle stop tour of Capels 30 acres of themed and model gardens.

During Her visit the Queen was guided through key areas of Capel Manors beautiful gardens including the Walled and Victorian gardens in the historic parts of the estate, then on to model gardens including 2007 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Silver Gilt medal winner, the 'Growing Together in Faith' garden, and John Woods Family Friendly garden, which is the evolution of 2010 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold medal winning Upwardly Mobile garden.

Before the grand opening of phase 1 of the Old Manor House Garden, the Queen was shown a garden dedicated to and opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 2001. The Queen was presented with a picture of the opening and a rose Fantin Latour, one of The Queen Mothers favourites.

College Governor and Chair of the Old Manor House Garden Project, Lady Salisbury, then led the Queen around the Old Manor House Garden, introducing the main sponsors and explained the concept of the garden before a plaque was unveiled.

The Old Manor House Garden, sponsored by Redwood Stone, Anglo Swimming Ponds and the RSA Trust, has been designed as a signature garden to tell the story of Capel Manor during the 800 years prior to becoming home to Greater Londons only landbased college.

Several themed gardens are to be incorporated into the Old Manor House Garden including a Queen Elizabeth I Garden, which Her Majesty opened on 11 June.

The Old Manor House Garden takes the form of a moated and fortified 15th Century Manor complex planted to look like a romantic Victorian etching. The extensive ruin will incorporate a bell tower, cloister, banqueting hall, fortified gate house with drawbridge, and a moat comprising natural water swimming pond with a unique collection of water lilies and plants, bog garden and natural water purification system.

The final completed project in 2012 will see the recreation of the 16th Century Manor House demolished in the 1800s complimenting the existing visitor experience of the gardens that surround the present 17th century Georgian Manor House and Victorian stables.

This was a very special day for all members of the college and a once in a lifetime chance to meet Her Majesty The Queen. Staff and students had the opportunity to demonstrate their exquisite skills to a much revered audience, within specialisms that closely match some of the Queens own personal interests.

Those who met her were impressed with Her plant knowledge and Her use of Latin plant names.Head of College, Madeline Hall said, 'What impressed me most was The Queen's deep interest in the work of the students, the breadth of Her knowledge and Her obvious delight with students who loved what they were learning.'

Find out more about the new gardens at www.oldmanorhousegarden.co.uk

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