How Buckingham Palace’s ‘beautiful’ head gardener fueled my love of nature, says Prince Charles

How Buckingham Palace’s ‘beautiful’ head gardener fueled my love of nature, says Prince Charles

  • Charles fondly remembered the ‘beautiful’ name Fred Nutbeam
  • Said the gardener helped him and his sister Princess Anne with their own garden
  • Mr Nutbeam was head gardener for nearly 25 years until his retirement in 1978

Prince Charles has revealed how a Buckingham Palace gardener, who pushed him in a wheelbarrow as a boy, has awakened his love of nature.

Charles fondly remembered the “beautifully” named Fred Nutbeam talking to Poet Laureate Simon Armitage for a program to be broadcast tonight.

Talking about his first experiences with nature with his sister Princess Anne, he described how ‘my sister and I had a small vegetable garden in the back of a border.

‘We tried to grow tomatoes with great pleasure, but without success and things like that.

Prince Charles has revealed how a Buckingham Palace gardener, who pushed him around in a wheelbarrow as a boy, awakened his love of nature

‘There was a wonderful head gardener at Buckingham Palace, his name was Mr Nutbeam, rather lovely.

“He was great and he helped us a little bit, my sister and I, with the little garden we had.”

Mr Nutbeam was head gardener for nearly 25 years until his retirement in 1978.

He was so highly regarded by the Queen that she appointed him a member of the Royal Victorian Order. He died in 1997.

Charles fondly remembered the

Charles fondly remembered the “beautifully” named Fred Nutbeam talking to Poet Laureate Simon Armitage for a program to air tonight

In 2016, Jim Buttress, a former Royal Parks inspector, told the Sunday Times: “Fred told me he was pushing Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward across the site in a wheelbarrow.”

Charles speaks with Mr Armitage on Radio 4’s The Poet Laureate Has Gone To His Shed, which airs at 7:15pm today.

  • The Queen will attend a reception for the Cop26 Global Environment Summit in Glasgow in November to showcase the Royal Family’s commitment to tackling climate change.
Charles speaks with Mr Armitage on Radio 4's The Poet Laureate Has Gone To His Shed, which airs at 7:15pm today

Charles speaks with Mr Armitage on Radio 4’s The Poet Laureate Has Gone To His Shed, which airs at 7:15pm today

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