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10 Jul 2019

Royal visit for Inverewe

The Princess Royal at Inverewe
The Princess Royal at Inverewe
Inverewe Garden welcomed a royal visitor, as Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal explored the award-winning Wester Ross garden.

The Princess Royal was piped into the garden by PC Neil Rathbone.

PC Neil Rathbone
PC Neil Rathbone

She toured the garden, met the staff and volunteers involved in its care and visited the newly created Peace Plot exhibition (28 June–28 August), a collaboration between Inverewe and the Gairloch Museum, commemorating the peacemaking at the end of the First World War. Osgood Mackenzie marked this by inscribing a stone in his garden and creating a ‘Peace Shrubbery’. One hundred years on, Inverewe is recognising its centenary with a parade of willow figures representing those who served, created by sculptor Trevor Leat, and a special plant display.

The Princess Royal planted a tree in the Peace Plot
The Princess Royal planted a tree in the Peace Plot

During her visit, Her Royal Highness saw the results of the Trust’s recent investment in the garden and unveiled the foundation stone for the garden’s next project – a new viewing tower. Over the past four years the charity has renovated Inverewe House, opening it to the public, established the Sawyer Gallery with its contemporary exhibition programme and improved visitor facilities and built a new biosecurity greenhouse to propagate the garden’s unique plant collection for future generations.

The Princess Royal at Inverewe
The Princess Royal at Inverewe

The Princess Royal then met representatives of local community groups working with the Trust at Inverewe, and presented the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to Laide & Aultbea Community Woodland.

The Princess Royal unveiled a plaque on the foundation stone of a new tower being built at the garden
The Princess Royal unveiled a plaque on the foundation stone of a new tower being built at the garden
The Princess Royal touring the garden
The Princes Royal touring the garden
Her Royal Highness signs the visitor book
Her Royal Highness signs the visitor book