His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh was a committed environmentalist and was passionate about farming. His concerns have led to his specific request that members of the public do not leave floral tributes for him. However, the Rutland Lieutenancy, led by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant Dr Sarah Furness, knows that many people will wish to pay tribute to his immense contributions to our lives. We have decided to create an historic heritage orchard underplanted with spring bulbs. The Duke of Edinburgh Memorial Orchard will be planted at the Rutland Showground. The apple varieties will be carefully researched and will be ones that have been grown historically in our region. We will collect donations and the Lord-Lieutenant will be asking young people to help plant the trees and bulbs. The Lieutenancy believe that the orchard will be a fitting and lasting tribute to His Royal Highness. It will reflect His Royal Highness’s interests and Rutland’s rural character and environmental concern.
Contributions can be made by sending a cheque made payable to ‘The Rutland Lieutenancy Fund’ to my Deputy Clerk, Kate Haworth, Civic Officer & Deputy Clerk to the Lieutenancy,. Rutland County Council, Catmose, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6HP.
Alternatively money can be transferred electronically to the Rutland Lieutenancy Fund. The payee name is MMBS (business account). The Bank is HSBC. Sort Code 40-05-30. Account number 74574915. Society Ref. NIE3385836THE