HRH Duke of Edinburgh visits Tregothnan to plant tea.

We were delighted to welcome His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh to the Estate on 1st August. The visit, inspired by the Prince’s inspection of our stand at the Chelsea Flower Show allowed His Royal Highness to inspect our tea gardens first hand.

During his visit, the Prince planted a Camellia sinensis tea bush in the Himalayan Valley tea garden, saw our tea machine in action, learned from our Beekeeper about the Manuka honey produced on the Estate and sprinkled our Manuka Smoking Chips on a barbeque fuelled by our very own Tregothnan charcoal. Finally, His Royal Highness planted a Royal Oak Quercus robur in the Jubilee Woods with the Parishioners of St Michael Penkivel.

Despite the rain, the visit went down a treat and we were able to present His Royal Highness with a selection of Tregothnan’s finest produce, including one of our eye-catching Edible Bouquets.

Drawing on 200 years of experience in growing Camellias for ornamental purposes, tea is now thriving in small gardens in many areas of the Estate. Herbal and fruit teas are also increasing in production in other areas of Tregothnan both in Cornwall and Kent.