The Prince of Wales is set to make an appearance on the BBC show, Gardeners World, as he implores British gardeners to “do their bit” to save native trees. Prince Charles will be interviewed at his Highgrove home for an upcoming special of the hit BBC programme.
We all know that Prince Charles is an avid gardener himself and this passion will be highlighted in the upcoming episode of Gardeners World. The Prince will tell viewers of his love for gardening and how he was introduced to this lifelong passion as a young boy.
Adam Frost will conduct the interview with the future King and in the show’s introduction, Frost will comment, “Back in February I was invited to a meeting at Highgrove with members from across the horticultural industry to discuss the problems of pests and diseases and what could be done about them.”
“One of the outcomes was Action Oak – a campaign launched at the Chelsea Flower Show to help protect our iconic oak. It is made up of charities, environmental organisations and landowners who are using their combined knowledge to safeguard the beautiful trees. Today the Prince has invited me back to Highgrove to explain why we as gardeners need to do our bit as well.”
The Prince of Wales has transformed the gardens at Highgrove over the past 40 years from the neglected and overgrown land it once was.
Prince Charles will also use the programme to inform viewers about the steps he is taking within the Duchy of Cornwall – which covers 53,000 hectares of land across 23 British counties – to avoid the spread of plant diseases and pests.
Only last year did The Prince of Wales write about his personal battles to save trees, “I have always been mortified by the loss of mature elm trees from almost every part of the countryside I knew and loved as a child, so I had high hopes for an American variety that appeared to be resistant to the disease. I planted an avenue of them at Highgrove and then watched, miserably, as many of them succumbed just like the native variety.”
This special episode of Gardeners World will air on Wednesday 18th July on BBC Two at 8pm.