(Courtesy CBS 60 Minute interview with Prince Charles)
“Well, that’s what I’ve been trying to encourage people to think about. … To break the conventional mold in the way we’ve been building and designing for the last, well, during the last century really, has all been part of a throw-away society,” Prince Charles said.
Everything in the village is constructed of native or recycled materials, “sustainable development,” he calls it, that conserves the Earth’s resources.Single-family homes are mixed with small apartments so there are people of all income levels here living side by side in a community with shops and light industry. The narrow twisty roads discourage automobile traffic, and cars are parked out of sight in landscaped lots. “The whole of the 20th century has always put the car at the center,” the prince explained. “So by putting the pedestrian first, you create these livable places, I think, with more attraction, and interest and character. Livability.” He believes that the modern world with its cars and computers is slowly eroding our humanity, that we are losing touch with the world around us. Read more about the Prince’s village
ThePrince’s organic aspirations were put into practice and the process of converting Highgrove and the surrounding Duchy Home into a organic food business called Duchy Originals. Occasionally working now and then in a local English tea shop we are quite familiar with the Prince’s brand – jolly good fare!