Princess Anne has vented her frustrations surrounding fly-tipping in the latest edition of Country Life.
The Princess Royal guest edited the magazine to mark her 70th birthday following in her brother’s footsteps as Prince Charles guest edited the publication back in 2018 to mark his 70th.
The royal – who turns 70 on August, 15 – guest edited the magazine from her Gloucestershire home. Princess Anne has lived at Gatcombe Park, between the villages of Minchinhampton and Avening, for over 42 years and in the magazine she gave a glimpse into her life there.
Speaking about life at Gatcombe, she said: “We were not looking for a farm, but it has been a real privilege to try to work with what we have.”
She went on to say: “Ours is an organic, extensive grass enterprise, usually complicated by running the horse-trial championships in early August. The woodland is a real mix of trees – mostly beeches, but huge numbers of ash of all ages. Who knows how many will survive, but I feel the naturally selected mix could be an important part of the answer.”
The royal, who is often a regular at Cheltenham Racecourse, went on to vent her frustrations surrounding fly-tipping saying: “Did I mention that fly-tipping is another major irritation to me?”
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She went on to brand herself a ‘classic Jack of all trades’ before praising the influence her parents have had on her: “I was equally fortunate that both my parents had a love and understanding of the natural world through their own experiences.”
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