Prince George News: Prince Charles reveals hobby of young royal family member | Royal | New
The conversation will be broadcast tonight on Radio 4 and BBC Sounds. Charles was joined by Simon Armitage in Llwynywermod, his Welsh home, for an appearance on “The Poet Laureate Went to His Shed”.
During the discussion, which focused heavily on the environment and gardening, Charles said Prince George enjoys taking on a Highgrove tree.
George planted balsam poplar in the Prince of Wales Highgrove Estate in 2015.
Charles commented, “The fun is getting the grandchildren to plant a tree every now and then so they can measure themselves, if you know what I mean, by the size of the tree.
Referring to George’s tree, he added, “This thing blew up.
“I mean, it’s already higher than this barn, which for a kid is quite satisfying when you can say ‘look at it now.’ It grows about 3 feet per year. Few people do that.
The Prince of Wales has four UK residences at Clarence House in London, Highgrove House in Gloucestershire, Birkhall on the Queen’s Balmoral Estate and Llwynywermod in Wales.
The Welsh property, purchased in 2006, is a three bedroom converted farmhouse set on a 192 acre estate.
Charles told Mr. Armitage how much he enjoyed using the property.
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The property and neighboring Duchy Home Farm are managed by the Duchy of Cornwall.
In 1986 Charles converted the estate to organic farming, winning accolades as one of the first to adopt environmentally friendly practices.
During his conversation with Mr Armitage, the prince said he first became interested in gardening via a Buckingham Palace vegetable patch he managed with Princess Anne.
He explained, “My sister and I had a small vegetable garden at the end of a border somewhere.
“We had a lot of fun trying to grow tomatoes without success and things like that.
“There was a wonderful head gardener at Buckingham Palace, I think his name was Mr. Nutbeam, rather beautifully.
“He was splendid and he helped us a little, my sister and I with the little garden we had.
“I have special memories of being in my grandmother’s garden at the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park, which she and my grandfather King George VI did a lot. So I had a blast there talking to the head gardener there. He grew melons.
Prince George turned eight in July of this year.
He studied at Thomas’s School in Battersea, with his sister Princess Charlotte.
The Poet Laureate Has Gone to His Shed is on Radio 4 and BBC Sounds, at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, August 28.