Eynsford’s Lullingstone Castle to appear on television

PUBLISHED: 15:43 29 May 2012

Tom Hart Dyke

Tom Hart Dyke


»Eynsford’s Lullingstone Castle features in an ITV show celebrating the Diamond Jubilee to be aired on Tuesday.

The Countrywise programme will look at rural areas that are significant to the Queen.

The Eynsford castle provided silk for the Queen’s coronation dress in 1953, and Lullingstone owner and former Reporter columnist Tom Hart Dyke is keen to remind the public of this.

“Filming for Countrywise was a great opportunity for us to remember our links with the Royal Family and to participate in celebrating the Queen’s jubilee,” he said.

“It reminded me of how proud I was of my mother, Lady Zoe,” he added. “She was a marvellous businesswoman and even managed to get Queen Mary to come and visit the Silk Farm here at Lullingstone in 1936.”

Mr Hart Dyke has since turned the castle into a world garden after its success as a silk farm.

The Lullingstone annual plant fair returned to the castle for its ninth year on Sunday.

It featured a special blue room – a new edition to the world garden – which contains flora and fauna from around the globe.

The room was brimming with Mediterranean-style plants and a new erupting volcano.

The volcano is designed to re-create a real one in El Salvador and is set among plants reflecting the flora of the region.

‘Emits smoke’

Mr Hart Dyke added: “It emits smoke and it makes quite an atmosphere. It is aimed at our young visitors who will not know when it is going to go off.”

Lullingstone will be celebrating the jubilee on June 8, 9 and 10 with a festival of floral art. Visit or call 07971 820945.

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