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  • Highgrove House in Gloucestershire
  • The gardens at Highgrove are run on an organic basis
  • The gardens at Highgrove are run on an organic basis
  • The gardens at Highgrove are run on an organic basis

Highgrove House near Tetbury in Gloucestershire is The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall’s family home.

The Duchy of Cornwall owns Highgrove, and bought the house, garden and nearby farmland now known as Duchy Home Farm in 1980.

The house had been the home of Maurice Macmillan, Conservative MP for Farnham and son of the former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, for 14 years.

The Prince chose to live in Gloucestershire because of its easy access to London, Wales and other parts of Britain including the Western counties where the Duchy has most of its properties.

The Prince hosts many briefings and receptions at Highgrove, and one of his more recent projects was the construction of a function suite in the grounds known as the Orchard Room, which was built in Cotswold stone.

A specially built reed bed sewage system, much loved by dragonflies at its treatment end, is used for all Highgrove’s waste. Rare trees and plants are planted for future generations to enjoy and heritage seeds are planted in areas to keep the varieties going.

This ethically sound management is carried through to the house too, where bottles and cans are recycled, as are newspapers, cardboard and shredded white office paper. Over 80% of the energy used for heating, lighting and other equipment comes from renewable sources. Some is generated on-site by biomass boilers, heat pumps and solar panels. Electricity is also purchased from renewable sources. Energy-saving bulbs and LED lights are used where possible to help save energy.

The Prince is proud of his garden and since the early 1980s has regularly invited various groups to visit, such as local charities and gardening groups.

Today, after much time and effort, the gardens at Highgrove and the Duchy Home Farm are flagship examples of the organic movement, both in terms of their environmental sustainability and their natural beauty.

Further information

Visit the Highgrove Gardens website

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