Prince talks about gardening fears, BBC Two, Wednesday, July 18, 8pm and Sunday, July 22, 7.30am
Keen gardener Prince Charles talks about climate change and biosecurity with Adam Frost on a special edition of Gardeners’ World tomorrow night.
Talking from his Highgrove garden, he wants gardeners to be well informed about the source of their plants.
The Prince said: “Talk to the nurseries where you’re getting your plants from, and ask them: where do they come from? Have they been properly checked through quarantine? Have you got a biosecurity policy because of the risks we’re now facing of all these pests and diseases?
Pests and diseases
“And, with climate change adding to these huge challenges and because of the warming up of everything, more and more of these pests and diseases can flourish here, where they couldn’t have done before.”
Adam Frost said: “Back in February I was invited to a meeting at Highgrove with members from across the horticultural industry to discuss the problem of pests and diseases and what could be done about them.
“One of the outcomes was Action Oak – a campaign launched at the Chelsea Flower Show to help protect our iconic oak.
Action Oak Campaign
“It is made up of charities, environmental organisations and landowners who are using their combined knowledge to safeguard the beautiful trees.”
The Prince has spent nearly 40 years transforming the gardens at Highgrove. He will also discuss how pests and diseases are tackled in the Duchy of Cornwall, which covers 53,000 hectares of land across 23 counties.
He will also talk about his first-hand experience of diseases such as Dutch elm disease, Ash dieback and Phytophthora ramorum.