Capel Manor College Honours Her Majesty The Queen

Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen's family at this sad time. As the UK's longest-serving monarch, after reigning for 70 years, we thank her for her service to us all. As a sign of respect, we are flying the flag on the Manor House at half-mast. The Queen's love for the environment and her advocacy for climate action will not be forgotten.

Christine Bianchin, Interim Principal of Capel Manor College said “It is with deep sadness that last night we learned of the passing of our Queen. Many of us will have fond memories of when The Queen visited the College’s Enfield Campus in 2010 to open the Old Manor Garden. I remember being particularly touched by the amount of time and kindness she showed towards all of the many students she spoke to individually during her visit. She did much great work for charity during her reign and will be sadly missed.”

Capel Manor College had the honour of a royal visit by Her Majesty The Queen in June 2010. The Queen was invited to see the College working and to officially open the Old Manor House Garden, which was a new addition to the College’s 30 acres of gardens. Several themed gardens were incorporated into the design including The Queens’ Garden.

Students, staff and supporters of the College came together for this prestigious occasion, which saw The Queen take a tour of the College and view displays and demonstrations by students that closely matched some of the Queen’s own personal interests. Those that met The Queen were impressed by Her deep interest in the work of the students, breadth of knowledge and obvious delight with students who loved what they were learning.

Most recently in 2022, Capel Manor College were delighted to be associated with The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) project to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. Hosted by environmental charity Cool Earth, The QGC was a nationwide drive to plant trees where individuals, groups, businesses, and whole towns and cities armed themselves with the knowledge to plant up thousands of trees to leave a lasting legacy in honour of The Queen’s 70 years of service to the UK and the Commonwealth.

As London’s environmental college, Capel Manor College actively participated in the project by running a pilot training programme for unemployed young people with a keen interest in horticulture. In collaboration with Cavendish Group, the programme equipped young people with the skills, resources and confidence to successfully complete their horticultural training, a work experience placement and a paid employment opportunity in the sustainability sector.

Throughout Her reign, The Queen planted more than 1,500 trees all over the world; and spoke alongside Sir David Attenborough on the importance of trees in our planet’s future. Capel Manor College will always be grateful for The Queen’s work in engaging people with trees, plants and the natural environment.

We encourage students who have been affected by this news to contact the College’s Student Support and Counselling team.