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The Prince of Wales visits Quarry Bank Mill

PUBLISHED: 00:00 19 February 2018

HRH Prince Charles of Wales at the Workers' Cottage

HRH Prince Charles of Wales at the Workers' Cottage

Mark Waugh

HRH The Prince of Wales visited Quarry Bank Mill to see the work done as part of a major restoration project

HRH Prince Charles of Wales met staff and volunteers HRH Prince Charles of Wales met staff and volunteers

Prince Charles, the President of the National Trust, has toured the recently opened areas of Quarry Bank Mill at Styal to see how the restoration has progressed since his last visit in 2010. The National Trust property has been the subject of a £9.4million renovation project and the Prince saw the Worker’s Cottage, the Upper Garden and Glasshouse

The Quarry Bank Project has opened up previously unseen spaces to visitors and introduced a regular programme of exhibitions and events, alongside the digitisation of the archive and engagement work with the wider community. The major project works will be completed by the summer, marked by the reopening of the Mill which is currently closed for the installation of a new passenger lift and re-interpretation.

Amanda Lunt, General Manager at Quarry Bank, said: ‘The visit from The Prince of Wales has been an opportunity to express our gratitude to all those who have helped us deliver this significant project to date. An undertaking of this size relies on a huge amount of passion, team work and generosity from our funders, donors, staff, volunteers, members and visitors. We’re delighted to have welcomed His Royal Highness to Quarry Bank to show what’s been achieved since his last visit.’

To mark his visit, The Prince of Wales was presented with a cutting from a Coast Redwood tree, growing at the National Trust property that had been nurtured by a garden volunteer at Quarry Bank . The trees were planted by the mill-owning Greg family in the mid-19th century who were avid plant collectors and introduced the Coast Redwood trees to their gardens and estate.

HRH Prince Charles of Wales in the glasshouse HRH Prince Charles of Wales in the glasshouse

The garden team at Quarry Bank are propagating more Coast Redwood cuttings to be planted in Chapel Woods – the pleasure grounds of the Greg family where they fostered their love of horticulture and plant collecting. A reception was hosted after the tour where His Royal Highness was introduced to a number of funders of the Quarry Bank Project as well as members of the project team, staff, volunteers and representatives from the Styal community. He also visited the Norcliffe Unitarian Chapel and Styal Primary School where pupils gave a special performance.

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