Prince Charles reveals how he named the wood at Balmoral after Prince George

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The Prince of Wales has described how the wood he began planting for his grandchild Prince George had become “an old man’s obsession”. 

Speaking from the gardens of Birkhall, on the Queen’s Balmoral estate, Charles said he had turned a field no longer being used by a neighbouring farmer into an arboretum.

He began planting the trees in 2013 and named it after his eldest grandson, who was born that year.

“The great thing was I managed to plant it the same year that my grandson was born,” he told the BBC.

“So I thought I’d call it Prince George’s Wood. It is really for autumn colour and a bit of spring. But autumn is the magic up here. So finding all the interesting trees and shrubs that turn an interesting colour is half the battle.”

The wood (BBC)
The wood (BBC)

Charles also said that he was “deeply worried” about the state of the world his grandchildren would inherit.

“I have always felt that we are somehow trained to believe that nature is a separate thing from us and we can just exploit and control and suppress everything about it without suffering the consequences,” he said.

Charles added that he had been speaking about the effects of climate change for five decades and that world leaders must now realise the globe was facing a “catastrophic” crisis.

He warned that the COP26 summit is the “last chance saloon” to tackle climate change and said he “totally understands” why eco activists take to the streets to demand swifter action.

He also discussed his, and his family’s efforts, to reduce their carbon footprints. When asked about his love of gas- guzzling cars and if he was “a bit of a Jeremy Clarkson, a bit of a petrol-head?” he said: “That was before we knew what the problems were.”

The prince’s fleet of cars is now mostly electric and his beloved Aston Martin has been converted to run on a “surplus English white wine and whey from the cheese process”.

He has installed solar panels at Clarence House, his London residence, and on the farm buildings of his Gloucestershire home, Highgrove, and a hydroelectric turbine on the river at Birkhall. 

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