Prince George delight as tree he planted at Highgrove ‘has shot up’ larger than a ‘barn’

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Prince Charles, 72, shared an insight into a hobby he and his grandson share. The pair, along with Princess Charlotte, planted Balsam poplar trees in 2015.

The royal children have been measuring themselves against the trees often, the Prince of Wales told poet laureate Simon Armitage on BBC Radio 4.

​​“The fun is to get grandchildren to plant a tree now and then see so they can measure themselves, if you know what I mean, by the size of the tree,” Charles said.

However, George’s tree stands out as it has grown at an unprecedented speed.

During the interview, Charles spoke about his eldest grandchild’s planted tree and compared it to the barn in which the interview was conducted.

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“This thing has shot up,” the Prince of Wales said.

“I mean It’s higher than this barn already, which for a child is quite satisfactory when you can say ‘look at it now’.”

“It’s grown about three feet a year.”

“Not many do that.”

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Highgrove is Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall’s, estate in Tetbury, Gloucestershire.

It is thought Prince George will inherit the Highgrove estate in ten years – when he turns 18.

Royal commentator Christopher Wilson has previously suggested it is likely George will inherit the estate.

The Prince of Wales has often spoken about his love for gardening.

In 2018, the future King told Gardeners’ World: “I remember being absolutely riveted as a child wandering about…looking at all the plants.

“The smell and everything had a profound effect on me.

“I don’t know why but I also grew to love trees – they always fascinated me.”

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