Posted: 11 September 2013 11:37 am Edited by: Ellen Couzens
From hen houses to bee hives, organic preserves to shortbread, the Highgrove Shop sells exclusive products that often reflect the personal interests of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.
The latest product on offer is an “ethically grown cedar” hedgehog house, which is available in two colours – light blue and dark green, and retails for £95 on the Highgrove online shop. Inspired by the garden furniture outside the Orchard Room on the Highgrove Estate, the unique timber structure features an “internal baffle predator deterrent and a rear door for ease of cleaning” and is “perfect at the end of a garden”.
All profits from the sale of Highgrove products are donated to The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation, which was established by Prince Charles in 1979. The Foundation operates as a grant making trust and aims to use the income generated from its trading subsidiaries to support charitable causes. The charities reflect The Prince of Wales’s values of harmony and sustainability.
Highgrove House is the family home of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. The house, garden and nearby farmland, now known as Duchy Home Farm, were purchased by The Duchy of Cornwall in 1980.
The gardens at Highgrove and the Duchy Home Farm are leading examples of the organic movement, both in terms of their environmental sustainability and their natural beauty. Bottles, newspapers and cans are recycled and energy-saving light bulbs are used where appropriate.
Rare trees, plants and heritage seeds have been planted for future generations to enjoy. The Prince of Wales is proud of his garden and regularly invites various charities and local gardening groups to visit.