As Patron of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, The Duke is keen for Home Farm to play an active role in helping to preserve the gene pool of British pigs, sheep and cattle.Discover more
The Isles of Scilly have been part of the Duchy of Cornwall since its beginning in the 14th century.Discover more
A historic lake and walled garden in Hereford have been restored to their former glory.Discover more
In-keeping with the Duchy's commitment to sustainability, the restored garden now features a collection of 45 fruit trees representative of many of the traditional varieties grown in Herefordshire and sourced from a local supplier. An ornamental birch surrounded by a yew circle has also been planted which will mature into a spectacular centrepiece for the garden. The lake at Harewood End was originally a 14th century "fish stew" - a pond used to hold live fish ready for eating. The stew will have served the Preceptory of the Knight's Templar, the headquarters of an order of monastic knights which in 1312 was recorded to contain a hall, grange and chapel.
The number of people visiting the Isles of Scilly has risen by 15% in the last two years and tourism is now worth £50million to the Scilly Islands' economy each year. Scilly is also celebrating being voted Best UK Destination for Families at the Family Traveller Awards.
Dartmoor's Bovey Castle played host to the UK National Parks Conference in October. Every two years delegates from all 15 UK National Parks come together to provide an opportunity to consider the value of National Parks, current challenges, opportunities and future direction, and how to sustain the National Parks for future generations.