Prince Charles invited schoolgirl who loves laying hedges to show off her skills at Sandringham and was full of praise for her eco-friendly talent
- Prince of Wales, 71, praised 13-year-old Tiffany Lee from Dorset for hedging skills
- The teenager was invited to Sandringham to show him her git for gardening
- Charles wants to get young people involved in environmentally friendly trades
He is a passionate champion of global environmental causes from climate change to deforestation and ocean pollution.
But it was an eco-friendly skill closer to home that was recently brought to the attention of Prince Charles and provided him with the opportunity to shower praise on a schoolgirl.
Tiffany Lee is a talented hedge layer and was recently invited by Charles to the Royal family’s Sandringham Estate to show off her skills to him.
The 13-year-old was praised for her standards of work by the future King who is anxious to get young people involved in traditional and environmentally friendly trades.
Prince Charles, 71 and Tiffany Lee, 13, inspect the Sandringham Estate’s hedges after the royal invited the young hedge layer to the estate to witness her good work
Charles recently appeared on the two-part ITV documentary Inside the Duchy of Cornwall helping to build a new hedgerow out of wood.
The traditional countryside craft involves entwining cut tree branches throughout the stems of a line of shrubs or small trees to create a hedge boundary.
Tiffany’s step-mother Lydia Lee, who has assisted Charles in the past, mentioned to him the teenager’s enthusiasm for hedge laying, prompting him to invite her to Sandringham.
Tiffany said: ‘Prince Charles is very proud of his hedges. He drove up with his bodyguard to look at the hedges I was laying and said mine were very neat and that the cuts were very nice.
Tiffany said Prince Charles was very proud of his hedges, and added she wanted to work as a gardener in Sandringham when she grows up
Eco-friendly Prince Charles hopes to get young people more involved in environment-friendly trades. pictured at a public ocean event at Lawson Tama Stadium on November 25, 2019 in Honiara, Guadalcanal Island, Solomon Island during this recent tour of New Zealand
‘Hedge laying is better than building fences. Hedges last longer, they are more sustainable and hedges keep animals in the field better and keep them safer than fences.
‘I’ve been helping to lay hedges around my dad’s house in Dorset since I was little.
What is hedge laying?
Hedge laying is a traditional countryside craft involves entwining cut tree branches throughout the stems of a line of shrubs or small trees to create a hedge boundary.
It originated in 16th century England, and is mostly practice there and in Ireland. Several sides of laying exist around the country.
‘I started when I was five and I do it most weekends. I find it relaxing and it doesn’t matter how long it takes, I always feel a sense of accomplishment.
‘I would love to be a hedge-layer when I’m older and go back and work on the Sandringham Estate.’
Lesley Bishop, principal at Lydia’s school, the Atlantic Academy on Portland, said: ‘It is wonderful to see our students taking part in securing our future and making our countryside sustainable.
‘We are really proud of Tiffany who has a bright future ahead of her and is a real role model to younger students to get involved in activities that have a community focus and purpose.’
The royal beamed and joked with attendees at the event in London yesterday, as he reminisced about his favourite holiday destination
Prince Charles, 71, appeared in high spirits while chatting with Dan Mihalache (second left), the Ambassador of Romania for the UK and his family at the Romanian Cultural Institute in London
He appeared in high spirits, and was seen laughing and joking with his fellow attendees at the event
It has been a busy run up to Christmas for Prince Charles, who’s been hopping from one engagement to the other.
Yesterday he appeared in high spirits as he arrived at the Romanian Cultural Institute in London, where he was seen laughing and joking with other attendees.
At one stage, Prince Charles, who was wearing a blue pinstriped suit, took a moment to speak with Dan Mihalache, the Ambassador of Romania for the UK, and his two young children, at the exhibition.
Prince Charles fell in love with Romania on his very first visit in 1998 and makes a private visit for a few days, every year, to the country.