Prince Charles on Farming, the Countryside, and "the Unity of All Things"

Permaculture icon and woodland dweller Ben Law has already cited Prince Charles as an ecological hero, and from calling out climate skeptics to embracing renewables, the heir to the British throne has made a significant contribution to the environmental movement. In an interesting, if somewhat glib, profile over at The Guardian, Tim Adams explores the Prince's latest work in trying to rebuild the social fabric of rural England. Like many people, Adams seems stuck somewhere between admiration and ridicule for the Prince's spiritually-inspired, traditionalist take on environmental action. But when he visits the Prince's own farm, it all starts to make sense:

The strongest argument that the prince makes for his methods and philosophy, though, is a tour of Highgrove and Home Farm. Doubters are invited to behold the willow beds into which the royal lavatories empty, and the miraculous clear water that eventually results. David Wilson is the prince's inspiring representative on earth at Home Farm, a vicar's son trained in "ICI farming" who has seen the light of organics and sustainability. If you wanted evidence that the prince talks sense on those subjects you would visit the glorious fields of red clover, by which Wilson fixes nitrogen in the soil, as a rotation crop. Or you would look at the Welsh lambs grazing, as fat and white as any sheep I have seen. Or you would visit the orchard of 1,000 apple varieties weighed down with fruit, or the sustainable larch wood that supplies all the timber for farm buildings and the chippings for the boiler.

Tags: Agriculture | Farming | United Kingdom

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