ROYAL | TETBURY
ROYAL | TETBURY
Tetbury is world-renowned for its unique Royal associations. Highgrove, home of HRH The Prince of Wales is situated just outside Tetbury, and Gatcombe Park, home of the Princess Royal is also nearby. Neighbouring Chalford houses the impressive Nether Lypiatt House, until recently the residence of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.
Duchy Home Farm
Just outside Tetbury lies Duchy Home Farm, established by Prince Charles to promote the wider adoption of organic farming and food production methods. This farm is a key supplier for many Duchy Originals products. In addition to the organic grain used for biscuits, the farm is the source of pork for the delicatessen ham, sausages and bacon as well as barley for ale, root vegetables for crisps and chutneys, mustard seed for wholegrain mustard, and milk from the herd of Ayrshire cattle.
The Prince of Wales first arrived at Highgrove in 1980 and since then has transformed the garden there. It is now regarded as one of the most creatively inspired gardens of today. The garden consists of a series of interlinked areas, each having its own character and purpose, and the house is always visible in the distance.
The Prince has created a wildflower meadow to revive lost habitats. Over 30 varieties of native plants including ox-eye daisies, yellow rattle, common spotted orchid, meadow crane's bill and ragged robin now grow in the meadow. The gardens contain part of the national collection of beech trees and large-leaved hostas. The Prince maintains these on behalf of Plant Heritage/NCCPG, which conserves the diversity of our plant heritage through its national collections.
Vegetables such as Charlotte potatoes, spring cabbage, Brussels sprouts and carrots are grown in the Kitchen Garden. The varieties grown there include rare and endangered varieties that are vital for biodiversity. Many varieties of apple are grown, next to both the Orchard Room and the Kitchen Garden. They include Nonpareil, Golden Knob, Cornish Aromatic and Lady's Delight. There are also examples of some very rare, virtually extinct cooking apples.
View more information on the gardens and arrangements for visiting them here
Highgrove is also the hub for a team which manages shops at Highgrove and Tetbury and the online shop. Profits from the sale of products at the shops go to the Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation. The Prince set up the Foundation in 1979 as a grant-making charity supprting a wide range of causes and projects.
The Prince's Charities are a group of independent not-for-profit organisations of which The Prince of Wales is President. The group is the largest multi-cause charitable enterprise in the United Kingdom.
For more information on Highgrove and the Prince's Charitable Foundation, click here