Featured / General Gardening / June 14, 2024

King Charles Affirms Continued Patronage Of The Alnwick Garden Trust

The Alnwick Garden Trust is pleased to announce that King Charles has expressed his intention to continue his patronage of the Northumberland charity. This decision comes as part of a broader review of royal patronages by Buckingham Palace, which has seen the King and other senior British royals streamline their commitments.

Despite reducing the patronages of almost 200 charities and organisations, King Charles has maintained a special connection with The Alnwick Garden, which he officially opened in 2002. His Majesty has visited the garden multiple times, with visits in 2012, 2015, and most recently in 2018. In total, over 830 organisations have been retained by King Charles and Queen Camilla or redistributed among other royal family members. The Alnwick Garden remains proudly within the King’s portfolio. During his 2018 visit, King Charles shared his admiration for Northumberland and The Alnwick Garden, stating:

“For me coming here to Northumberland, which is such a special county, all I can say is it makes me unbelievably proud just to see what you’re all doing and the way in which you help to keep this county so very special. This remarkable place and this garden, of which I’ve been a patron for quite a long time, I know this whole operation here has made a huge difference to the whole area so I also wanted to pay my compliments to the Duchess for what she does.”

Since opening, The Alnwick Garden has attracted over seven million visitors and contributed £347m towards the local economy and its onsite community programmes. It boasts the largest collection of Tai Haku cherry blossoms in the world, as well as hosting the deadliest garden – The Poison Garden, which is used to educate visitors on the dangers of plants and illegal drugs deriving from some of the plants. Each year The Garden reviews its education and social programmes to ensure the Trust fulfills its public benefit requirement and identifies any emerging issues that are facing the local community.

The vast and diverse range of community programmes reflects The Alnwick Garden’s commitment to creating a positive impact on society, providing platforms for social interaction and engaging communities from different backgrounds, including its longest running programme, The Elderberries, combating loneliness for the over 55’s and a range of specialist education and youth programmes.

Mark Brassell, Chief Executive of The Alnwick Garden, said; “His Majesty has always shown a great amount of affection for The Alnwick Garden and all of our community engagement programmes.

“It is a great honour that His Majesty will continue his patronage of The Alnwick Garden Trust and we remain grateful for his ongoing support and look forward to welcoming him back in the future.”