Prince Charles encourages Prince George to start gardening

Prince Charles is encouraging Prince George to share his passion for gardening by getting his grandson to help plant some trees at Highgrove. Charles told BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time that two-year-old George has helped to dig in "a tree or two" at his Gloucestershire home.

"You never know, do you, what people are going to be interested in," said the Prince, who has redesigned some of his gardens to make then more child-friendly for George and his baby sister Princess Charlotte.


Prince Charles and Prince George have been planting trees together

"The most important thing is I got him planting a tree or two here, so we planted it together and shovelled in the earth. That's the way I think, when you are very small, and then each time they come you say, 'Do you see how much the tree has grown?', or whatever, and you hope that they take an interest."

Charles' own passion for gardening started at a young age. He looked after his own little plot in the garden at Buckingham Palace and also helped his grandmother, The Queen Mother, tend to the grounds at Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park.

"I always like gardening - I hate to say this - from a child's point of view. It's a funny thing, because I have such happy memories of bits of garden at my grandmother's house,” the 67-year-old said.

The proud grandfather has designed a child-friendly maze in his garden in Scotland

"In Scotland and here (Highgrove) I have tried to design it with what would appeal to a child; it is the paths and the interests.

"I have tried to do that at Dumfries House as well. We have made a maze now up there which is rather fun, and I adored a maze when I was young. You just put yourself in the child's position and sometimes it works."

It's not the first time the public has been told about Prince George's little green-fingers. Last year, HELLO! magazine exclusively revealed that the toddler was giving his grandfather a helping hand in the garden at Highgrove.