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Prince Charles: We need to work in harmony with nature

Prince Charles has spoken of his rural concerns on BBC's Countryfile. Photo: Ian Jones/Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

The Prince of Wales said it was important to "work in harmony with nature" and spoke of his concerns for Britain's rural areas in a special edition of the BBC One flagship Countryfile programme.

The soon-to-be grandfather added that "we need to think about what kind of world we're handing on to our successors."

Charles spoke to Countryfile presenters Julia Bradbury and Matt Baker after he agreed to guest-edit the weekly rural affairs show, which airs tomorrow, as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations.

We need to think about what kind of world we're handing on to our successors, particularly grandchildren.

If you think of it in those terms, it should make us reflect a little bit about the way we do things so we don't ruin it for them.

That's why it's so important I think to work in harmony with nature rather than thinking somehow we can ignore, dominate, separate ourselves from nature.

Unless we take trouble and nurture, pay our respect and reverence to nature, she's a great deal more powerful than we are.

– The Prince of Wales

Asked by presenter Ms Bradbury whether the prospect of becoming a grandfather made him feel old, the 64-year-old Prince replied:

Of course it does to a certain degree because you can't believe that suddenly that is beginning to happen in your life.

It's a lovely thought and I've looked forward enormously to that relationship with a grandchild.

– The Prince of Wales

The Prince of Wales also talked about his favourite countryside activities, which include walking and building hedges.

Walking is a terribly important thing for me, rather like some people need a cigarette, I need a walk.

It's riveting, by going for a walk I find it stimulates thinking and reflecting. So I spend my life stamping about and I have things I write down. That's where the best thoughts come from.

– The Prince of Wales

Speaking about his passion for hedge-building, he added:

I love it. I tell you why, because it's terrific exercise and at the same time it's a sort of hobby or interest to see if you can get better at doing it.

When you first lay a hedge, if you do it well, it looks so marvellous and then the fun is to see three or four years later, it looks like a hedge that's always been there.

– The Prince of Wales

Countryfile: A Royal Appointment will air on BBC One and BBC One HD tomorrow at 7pm.