Highgrove recognises good causes in its 25th year
Profits from the sale of Highgrove garden tours are donated to PWCF
The private residence of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, Highgrove house is nestled within the Cotswold countryside and this special year for Highgrove marks 25 years of these organic Royal Gardens at Highgrove being open to the public. From the early days, the public has enjoyed visiting the gardens surrounding the house, which now welcome c.37,000 visitors a year.
Visitors can discover how The Prince of Wales has transformed the land adjoining the house into a series of highly individual ‘outdoor rooms’ which embody his gardening ideals and organic principles, while enjoying the rich variety of flora and fauna on display.
The gardens were opened to the public by The Prince of Wales twenty-five years ago in order to raise money for charity. Since then, over £7 million has been raised through garden tours, events, retail and catering at Highgrove. These funds were donated to The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund (PWCF), a grant-making body which helps a wide range of causes, including projects in the built environment, young people and education, responsible enterprise and global sustainability. Over the last 20 years, PWCF has awarded grants of more than £70 million to charitable projects in the UK and overseas.
Some of the many projects supported include:
Tusk: tackling the poaching crisis facing many of Africa’s iconic species, especially elephant and rhino. The funding enabled Tusk to introduce proven interception tracking skills to anti-poaching rangers through two trial projects in 2015 and early 2016.
Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) Highgrove Enterprises Apprentice for 2018/2019 - Jack Silberrad: supporting an apprenticeship in bee keeping with The London Honey Company to learn all aspects of commercial beekeeping. The QEST will fund Jack to undertake a placement in New Zealand, accredited by the Bee Farmers Association and the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers. Jack is working towards earning a Diploma of Excellence in Bee Farming.
Streetwise Opera: a charity which helps people who have experienced or are at risk of homelessness make positive changes in their lives. Funding supported Streetwise Opera’s weekly opera workshops held at Emmanuel House (Homeless Day Centre) and the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall, for those who have experienced, or are at risk of homelessness in Nottingham.
Big Kid: a charity that equips young people at risk of social exclusion and youth violence to take control of their lives, find, develop and act on their own potential.
HRH The Prince of Wales said: “My aim has always been to try and enhance the setting of the house in the landscape and, above all, to please the eye, warm the heart and feed the soul. One of my greatest joys is to see the pleasure that the garden can bring to many of the visitors and that everybody seems to find some part of it that is special to them.” - Quote from “The Gardens at Highgrove” book
Christine Prescott, Chief Executive Officer at Highgrove Enterprises said “2019 is indeed a celebratory year for Highgrove. Visitors can not only experience the incredible gardens with one of the Prince’s expert garden guides and discover the history, inspiration and unique organic management that happens at Highgrove we also have a full calendar of events scheduled throughout the year to enable a wider audience to visit the estate. It is truly wonderful at any time of the year to walk through the gardens and enjoy the beautiful seasonal colours, the scent of the flora and the sounds of the birds and wildlife that enrich Highgrove.”
For more information, please visit www.highgrovegardens.com / #Highgrove25