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Prince Charles hosts a National Hedgelaying Society event at his Highgrove Estate 

Chilly Charles! Prince wraps up in a fleece-lined coat and tweed flat cap as he hosts a National Hedgelaying Society event at his Highgrove Estate

  • Prince Charles, 73, is hosting a hedgelaying event at Highgrove, Gloucestershire
  • The royal wrapped up in a tweed flat cap and heavy coat for the outing 
  • Charles is a champion of the environmental importance of hedgerows
  • He is also patron of the Hedgelaying Society and is a practising hedgelayer 


Prince Charles wrapped up in a coat and tweed cap to watch people lay hedges at his Highgrove Estate today. 

Charles, 73, is patron of the National Hedgelaying Society and champion of the traditional craft who believes in the importance of hedgerows as the UK’s ‘single biggest nature reserve’. 

He has previously spoken of how laying hedges helps him keep fit while doing something for the environment. 

Ready for winter: Prince Charles wrapped up in a coat and tweed cap to watch people lay hedges at his Highgrove Estate today, pictured

Charles, 73, is patron of the National Hedgelaying Society and champion of the traditional craft who believes in the importance of hedgerows as the UK's 'single biggest nature reserve'.

Charles, 73, is patron of the National Hedgelaying Society and champion of the traditional craft who believes in the importance of hedgerows as the UK’s ‘single biggest nature reserve’.

Charles was joined by members of the National Hedgelaying Society at Highgrove, the private Gloucestershire estate he shares with Camilla.

Charles was joined by members of the National Hedgelaying Society at Highgrove, the private Gloucestershire estate he shares with Camilla. 

Prince Charles strode out into the field to see the progress being made on the hedgerow

Prince Charles strode out into the field to see the progress being made on the hedgerow

Today Charles was joined by members of the National Hedgelaying Society at Highgrove, the private Gloucestershire estate he shares with Camilla. 

Charles takes a keen interest in the planting and running of all of his estates, and has moved to make them all more eco-friendly. 

In a piece for Country Life magazine to mark his 73rd birthday last month, Charles suggested avenues of hedgerows and trees could be planted across the country to commemorate those who lost their lives in the Covid-19 pandemic.

The prince described his own battle with prickly trees and shrubs each winter. 

He has planted more than 15 miles of hedgerows at his Gloucestershire home Highgrove over the years, and at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, which he manages on behalf of the Queen, he has also been encouraging further hedgelaying. 

Prince Charles delivered a speech to his guests from the National Hedgelaying Society

The royal speaking at the event at Highgrove today

Prince Charles delivered a speech to his guests from the National Hedgelaying Society

Charles takes a keen interest in the planting and running of all of his estates, and has moved to make them all more eco-friendly. Pictured, speaking to people at Highgrove today

Charles takes a keen interest in the planting and running of all of his estates, and has moved to make them all more eco-friendly. Pictured, speaking to people at Highgrove today

In a piece for Country Life magazine to mark his 73rd birthday last month, Charles suggested avenues of hedgerows and trees could be planted across the country to commemorate those who lost their lives in the Covid-19 pandemic. Pictured, seeing hedges being planted

In a piece for Country Life magazine to mark his 73rd birthday last month, Charles suggested avenues of hedgerows and trees could be planted across the country to commemorate those who lost their lives in the Covid-19 pandemic. Pictured, seeing hedges being planted

‘Our remaining hedgerows are still the country’s single biggest Nature reserve, offering important green corridors and an abundance of food and protection for wildlife,’ Charles wrote. 

‘This is why, despite looking as if I have just come off the field at Agincourt, I continue to wrestle each winter with lethal hawthorn and blackthorn branches in an attempt to lay some of the hedges I have planted over the past 41 years.’

Some 100,000 miles of the country’s hedgerows – four times the circumference of the earth – were lost between 1945 and 1985 in part due to rapid industrialisation of farming, Charles said.

Charles admires the work of people planting hedges at Highgrove at the event on Saturday

Charles admires the work of people planting hedges at Highgrove at the event on Saturday

The prince dressed down in a tweed flat cap and heavy gardeners' jacket for the outing

The prince dressed down in a tweed flat cap and heavy gardeners’ jacket for the outing

Raising the prospect of planting in memory of victims of the pandemic, the prince wrote: ‘I have always felt that avenues are a wonderful enhancement to the landscape and give great pleasure to so many people, as well as providing another way of planting more trees in general.

‘Over the past two years of this dreadful pandemic, I have also felt that commemorating all those who have so tragically died through planting avenues in their memory in different parts of the country, whether in towns, cities or the countryside, might be something worth considering.’

Prince Charles shielded his eyes against the winter sun as he spent the day out in the field

Prince Charles shielded his eyes against the winter sun as he spent the day out in the field

The royal looked in his element as he joined members of the National Hedgelaying Society

The royal looked in his element as he joined members of the National Hedgelaying Society

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