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A private estate established in 1337 which funds the public, charitable and private activities of the Prince of Wales and his family.

Highgrove

Highgrove House near Tetbury in Gloucestershire is The Duke and 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. 

Highgrove House
The Terrace Garden

The Terrace Garden at Highgrove House

The Duke 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 Duke hosts many briefings and receptions at Highgrove, partly facilitated by the construction of the Orchard Room, which was built in Cotswold stone in 2000.

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 grown for future generations to enjoy, and heritage seeds are planted to ensure these varieties continue to flourish.

This ethically and environmentally conscious approach is carried through to the management of the house, where energy-saving bulbs and solar lights are used where appropriate, and all kitchen waste goes through the composting system. Biomass boilers and ground & air source heat pumps provide heating and hot water.

The Terrace Garden

The Terrace Garden at Highgrove House

“The garden at Highgrove embodies The Duke’s environmental philosophy – that it is better to work with nature than against it – and is run on an entirely organic basis.”
The Gardens at Highgrove embody HRH The Prince of Wales’s environmental philosophy

The Gardens at Highgrove embody HRH The Prince of Wales’s environmental philosophy

The Duke is particularly proud of his garden and, since the early 1980s, he has regularly invited various groups, schools and charities to enjoy a tour. Approximately 250 groups visit each year.

Today, after considerable 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.

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Poundbury

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Dartmoor & Princetown

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Hereford

Hereford

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