The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visit Powerscourt

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visit Powerscourt Estate, Ireland

Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall today paid a visit to Powerscourt Gardens in Enniskerry, County Wicklow. They were greeted by Managing Director Sarah Slazenger, Head Gardener Alex Slazenger and Lord Powerscourt Anthony Wingfield. The Prince and The Duchess admired the breath-taking views of the Italian Gardens and Sugarloaf Mountain before meeting guests at a reception next to the Palladian Mansion, Powerscourt House. To mark the occasion, The Prince planted a Giant Redwood tree, following in the footsteps of luminaries such as Princess Grace of Monaco, Jackie Onassis and Buzz Aldrin, who have planted trees in the Gardens.

Sarah Slazenger, Managing Director, Powerscourt Estate: “It is truly a great honour to host The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at Powerscourt Estate. Just as His Royal Highness has devoted much energy to transforming the gardens at Highgrove, my team and I have dedicated ourselves to developing one of most inspiring and magical gardens and estates in the world. We enjoy the shared interests of gardens, sustainability and protecting the environment and planet for future generations. From the natural landscape of Ireland’s highest Waterfall to the Cool Planet Visitor Experience, there are a multitude of places for our visitors to experience the sense of peace and tranquillity that makes Powerscourt such a special place to visit.”

Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visit Powerscourt Estate, Co. Wicklow

More than a million Irish and overseas visitors visit Powerscourt Estate which dates from 1302 annually, with 300,000 visitors to the gardens alone last year. Managed by Head Gardener Alex Slazenger, Powerscourt Gardens were designed from 1731 onwards, with the desire to create a garden which was part of the wider landscape. Powerscourt Gardens include The Walled Gardens, The Italian Garden, The Dolphin Pond, The Japanese Gardens, Pets Cemetery and Pepperpot Tower, among other features and attractions.

20/05/19. NO FEE. NO REPRO FEE. JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY /ÊIRISH GOVERNMENT POOL PIC.Ê Official visit to Ireland by H.R.H The Prince of Wales & H.R.H The Duchess of Cornwall on 20th May 2019.Ê Picture shows The Prince of Wales at the Powerscourt Gardens atÊPowerscourt House, Co.Wicklow with Ms Sarah Slazenger (Owner Powerscourt House and Gardens ) Mr Alex Slazenger (Head Gardener) More Info Contact Press Office | Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade | Iveagh House, 80 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2 |( (+353-1) 408 2276 |:Êwww.dfa.ieÊ| @dfatirl JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY. NO FEE.

20/05/19. NO FEE. NO REPRO FEE. JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY /ÊIRISH GOVERNMENT POOL PIC.Ê Official visit to Ireland by H.R.H The Prince of Wales & H.R.H The Duchess of Cornwall on 20th May 2019.Ê Picture shows The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall atÊPowerscourt House ,Co.Wicklow . They were greeted by Ms Sarah Slazenger (Owner Powerscourt House and Gardens ) Mr Alex Slazenger (Head Gardener) More Info Contact Press Office | Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade | Iveagh House, 80 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2 |( (+353-1) 408 2276 |:Êwww.dfa.ieÊ| @dfatirl JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY. NO FEE.

Alex Slazenger, Head Gardener, Powerscourt Estate: “The Sequoiadendron giganteum tree (Giant Redwood) planted by The Prince of Wales today is the largest tree in the world and should live for 1,000 years. The Duke of Wellington gifted 100 of these trees to Lord Powerscourt for helping him secure victory at the battle of Waterloo. This will be the first tree of a new line of Giant Redwoods at Powerscourt that will mirror those majestic trees planted over 200 years ago. The tree will also be in view of a Cryptomeria japonica (Japanese Cedar) that was planted in 1911 by the then Prince of Wales Edward VIII which is a continuation of the British Royal family’s connection with Powerscourt. It is a privilege to share our piece of paradise with The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall today. We strive to preserve Powerscourt as a historical and heritage garden, while creating new, exciting and evolving landscapes to complement those that already exist.”

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Powerscourt Estate

COVID-19 Notification 4

Powerscourt Estate – Closure

(Effective 22.03.20)

In the interest of public safety and the absolute requirement for social distancing, we have decided to close the Estate, including the House, Gardens, River Walk and Waterfall, until further notice.

We have given the situation a great deal of thought and we understand that our visitors will be disappointed by this and we apologise for the inconvenience it may cause, particularly when being outside in nature is beneficial for mental and physical health.

At this time, we all have a social responsibility, including Powerscourt Estate, to minimise any harm to our friends, colleagues, and families.  We will be reviewing this situation on an ongoing basis.  Please keep an eye on the News Section of our website and social media for updates.

Thank you for your understanding and patience and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Estate before not too long.  We hope you and your families are keeping safe.

Best wishes,

Powerscourt Management

Please be informed with a great deal of thought and in the interest of public safety, we have decided to close the Estate, including the House, Gardens, River Walk and Waterfall, until further notice.