Prince Charles photographed using walking stick during public engagement

Prince Charles was photographed using a walking stick during an important event that aims to promote a cause close to his heart

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Prince Charles was photographed using a walking stick during an event to promote the importance of hedgerows, in the British countryside, and their uniquely vital ecosystems.

Prince Charles is famed for his love of country pursuits and it looks like he's not giving up his outdoorsy interests anytime soon. Prince Charles' sweet tribute to his eldest grandson Prince George isn't the only sign that the hard-working royal is dedicated to the British countryside. 

The stick being used by the Prince during the event is an extra special gift that he received back in 2018 from the Welsh Guards to celebrate HRH's 70th birthday.

In an Instagram post from the Clarence House official account, it was revealed that the Prince hosted the National Hedgelaying Society Patron’s Day at Highgrove over the weekend. 

The nature savvy royal said of the event, “The unique and extraordinary features of our British hedgerows, this countryside’s single biggest Nature reserve, with their ability to sequester carbon, help prevent flooding and soil erosion whilst providing stock control, shelter, green corridors and an abundance of food and protection for wildlife, make our hedgerows as precious a natural asset to our planet as any other I have experienced.”

The post further explains the importance of these special features of the British countryside. "🦔🦋 Hedgelaying is an important traditional craft required to maintain hedgerows, which offer homes and sanctuary for many of the countryside’s birds and animals."

Seemingly it's not as simple as planting a few hedges as the post continues, "There are over 30 styles of hedge-laying in the UK depending on climate, farming practice, and trees and shrubs in the area. 🌳 Hedges must be laid properly, with steps including replanting, thinning and coppicing to reduce problems of gaps, sparse stems, knuckles and height issues."

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