The Prince of Wales gave a selective meeting to The Daily Telegraph where he talked on an assortment of subjects, including his main energy: nature.
Addressing writer Alex Preston, Prince Charles discusses planting as a kid and how it energized his energy further down the road, and how he attempts to keep Highgrove, his nation home, green.
Preston inquires as to whether the changing tides of open enthusiasm for issues identified with natural cultivating and horticulture have made him feel vindicated, and Prince Charles answers that he doesn't feel that way, yet “If change is happening, it’s happening very slowly – too slowly – and it’s coming too late. This is what frightens me.”
Prince Charles proceeds with that "The increasing loss of organic assorted variety startles me, and the way that we appear to have overlooked that everything in nature is interconnected, including ourselves.
“Unfortunately, the destruction is continuing at a rapid pace – chemicals of every description, artificial fertilizers and antibiotics are still being used in all kinds of ways, all of them entering the rivers and going out to see where they’re causing untold damage to the marine environment, often without people knowing it.”
One of the difficulties, Prince Charles says, is “to persuade people that there’s an alternative way of doing it, as there is for plastics. But, of course, it’s very tempting to resort to a can of this or a can of that when you have a particular problem.”
Sovereign Charles' enthusiasm for planting was started by pram rides through the plant enclosures at Sandringham, where Queen Alexandra had made a topiary garden; and empowered by his grandma, The Queen Mother.
“I adored being a child in my grandmother’s garden at Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park. My grandfather, King George VI, made a lot of it himself. He hacked out clearings and planted lots of rhododendrons and azaleas. I’ve always had a passion for them.”
At Buckingham Palace, he was permitted a little greenhouse plot, nearby his sister, Princess Anne.
“We had a tiny bit at the back of the garden where we could grow vegetables and tomatoes,” he says. “That experience is very valuable, and I hope my grandchildren can have the same.”
Talking about his grandkids, and whether the – Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, and Archie – will take up planting because of investing energy with him, Prince Charles says that he trusts they will.
“You never quite know what influence you’re having or what difference the garden is making, but it’s only years later that people will admit it. I had no idea, for instance, that my own children might have been paying attention to me about rubbish and plastic waste. They suddenly announced that they had actually been listening, but you think you’ve been having no influence at all.”