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Lord-Lieutenant pays a visit to gardens and Jubilee Palm House restoration

08 November 2022

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Picture caption L to R: Chris Knell, Finance Director, Plumpton College; Kelly Jolly, General Manager, One Garden Brighton; Andrew Blackman, Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex

The Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex, Andrew Blackman, visited One Garden Brighton and was given a tour of the gardens and Palm House, which is the subject of a new restoration initiative.

Mr Blackman was joined by many of his Deputy Lieutenants and other county dignitaries for their annual meeting at One Garden Brighton, home to the horticultural centre of Plumpton College. It is the leading land and environment education college in the South East and has its headquarters at the main college campus at Plumpton, near Lewes. 

The One Garden Brighton campus buildings are nestled within the garden walls at Stanmer Park, where students design, plant, and maintain the grounds as a showcase for innovation. 

Mr Blackman said: "We've had a wonderful day at One Garden Brighton. It was very good of Plumpton to have us here, and we had a lovely lunch. It was the perfect venue for our event."

The Lord-Lieutenant represents the Sovereign in East Sussex. The Monarch appoints holders of the title on the recommendation of the Prime Minister.

Duties include looking after visiting members of the Royal Family and Heads of State, presenting honours on behalf of the Crown and maintaining close relationships with the Armed Forces, reflecting the ancient office's original responsibility for maintaining local order and defence. The role of the Lieutenancy is entirely non-political and carries no pay.

Mr Blackman, who the late Queen Elizabeth appointed in August 2021, was joined at One Garden Brighton by many of his 32 Deputy Lieutenants, his so-called eyes and ears across the county.

The Deputy Lieutenants come from all walks of life and work closely with the local communities they serve. They use their specialist knowledge and experience in key sectors, from education to business, the rural economy and social welfare.

The Palm House at One Garden Brighton opened in the year of Queen Elizabeth's Coronation, and to mark Her Late Majesty's 70 years on the throne, the restored building will be called the Jubilee Palm House. We aim to complete the project and open its doors to the public in 2024.

If you would like to donate to our appeal and join us in celebrating the history and planting the seeds for a greener future, visit our Palm House website page