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Camilla and Monty’s royal garden party

- By Richard Palmer Royal Correspond­ent

THE Duchess of Cornwall has been given advice from Monty Don after mice and voles tucked into her strawberri­es and asparagus.

Camilla appears on TV’s Gardeners’ World tonight and tours Monty’s Longmeadow garden in Herefordsh­ire and tells of her green-fingered frustratio­ns.

She said she was “very lucky” to have a big vegetable garden at her Grade II-listed Ray Mill home in Reybridge, Wiltshire.

But added: “You get the mice, the voles this year, all ate the asparagus roots and then they got into the strawberri­es, so you can never win, there’s always something”.

Monty, 66, said: “You just have to accept that there are some things that are just not going to go for you, whatever it might be.”

The Royal Horticultu­ral Society says wood mice, yellow-necked field mice, bank voles and shorttaile­d voles can damage gardens.


Experts also warn climate change may boost rodent numbers.

Camilla, 74, told the TV guru: “I think gardens got people through Covid. They realised how special a garden was. They could become inventive. You can go into a garden and completely lose yourself. You’ve got birds singing, you’ve got bees buzzing about – there is something very healing about gardens.”

The Duchess takes a keen interest in husband Charles’s home at Highgrove, Glos, but it is understood she was talking of Ray Mill.

She added: “I’ve got a little bit of a woodland garden that I’ve started and I would love to build that up. I would also like to have a proper wildflower meadow.”

At one point Monty’s dog Nellie rolled on the floor and Camilla gave her a tummy rub.

●●Gardeners’ World is on BBC Two tonight at 8pm.

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Pictures: BBC Royal appointmen­t …Camilla opens up about her garden with Monty Don
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Pro tips…at Monty’s Longmeadow

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