Sunday 23 September 2018

Prince of Wales to appear on Gardeners’ World

Charles will be interviewed at Highgrove about threats to plants and trees.

The Prince of Wales will appear on Garderner’s World (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA)
The Prince of Wales will appear on Garderner’s World (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA)

By Laura Harding, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

The Prince Of Wales will make an appearance on Gardeners’ World on BBC Two to discuss the threats posed by pests and diseases to our native plants and trees.

The keen gardener will be interviewed at Highgrove by presenter Adam Frost for an episode to be broadcast on July 18.

Frost said: “Back in February I was invited to a meeting at Highgrove with members from across the horticultural industry to discuss the problem of pests and diseases and what could be done about them.

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The Prince of Wales and Adam Frost at Highgrove (Jason Ingram/Gardeners’ World Magazine)

“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 land owners 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 also need to do our bit.”

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Adam Frost will interview the royal at Highgrove (Glenn Dearing/BBC)

Charles has spent nearly 40 years transforming the gardens at Highgrove from overgrown and neglected land and he will tell Frost 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.

He will also talk about his first-hand experience of diseases such as Dutch Elm Disease, Ash Dieback and Phytophthora Ramorum from his management of the estate.

The episode of Gardeners’ World will air on BBC Two at 8pm on July 18.

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