by Tony Bellows
THE Prince of Wales is the "best royal gardener we have ever had" according to Alan Titchmarsh.
The Prince's own home, 'Highgrove' at Tetbury in Gloucestershire embodies The Prince's environmental philosophy: that it is better to work with nature than against it. So, when he bought the Highgrove estate in 1980, he was determined that garden and farm should be entirely organic.
The Walled Kitchen Garden helps the Highgrove estate achieve self sufficiency in fruit and vegetables year-round. Colour and form are important with lettuce seedlings planted in rows of contrasting colours, but ultimately the garden is used to grow vegetables in the cottage garden tradition.
Vegetable varieties grown by The Prince at Highgrove include Charlotte potatoes and Hapil strawberries, and listed among his other favourites are leeks, spring cabbage, brussel sprouts and carrots.
Constable Steve Pallett said. "Mindful of the Prince's interest in organic vegetable gardening, conservation and eco-friendly activities it was felt that showcasing the allotments and the work done by the group that initiated the project would be an apt demonstration of the Parish's own strong desire to promote outdoor pursuits and foster an appreciation of our environment. The allotments are very much a symbol of St. Brelade's committment to supporting agriculture and horticulture and much needed community facilities that also promote the outdoor life."
The 10th St. Brelade Scouts will also be participting along with La Moye Junior School who have both been involved with eco-projects of their own. Communicare, St Brelade Bowls Club and Les Creux Bowls Club have also been invited to make presentations to The Prince and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, that will take place at the RJA&HS during their visit on July 18th.