May 2011

The Prince's Foundation Monthly Newsletter May 2011 - Competitions, articles, interviews, subscriber offers...

The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment
Dear Subscriber,

The Prince's Foundation are delighted to announce that we are now able to provide guidance for communities in the planning system free of charge, due to an £800,000 grant from the Department of Communities and Local Government. This grant will be an essential tool for us to continue our interaction with local communities. To find out more about how we can help your community read more

With the Ideal Home Show Scotland at the end of the month we have been busy moving the Prince's House from London to Glasgow's SECC. We are delighted to be working with among others The Scottish Wildlife Trust and our members Laing Traditional Masonry.

Whilst in Scotland we will be running a competition for tickets to
Dumfries House
, come and see us for a chance to win - You can enter our competition below to see the show for free. Meanwhile in Watford, we have been putting the final touches to the fully furnished prototype of the Prince's House, our 'Natural House', ahead of our members tour in the Autumn and we have even managed to take advantage of the Spring sunshine and spend some time with our friends at Start learning the best ways to grow food in the city!
Kirstie Allsop

Kirstie Allsopp test-drives our Ideal Home

We sent our Ambassador Kirstie Allsopp to the Building Research Establishment in Watford to test-drive the prototype for the Prince's House. You can watch a video of Kirstie talking about the sustainable features of our ideal home here.
Tips on how to grow your own!


Growing in the City


Start is a national initiative by The Prince's Charities Foundation to promote and celebrate sustainable living. We will be working with Start and their partners to get some advice on easy ways to live more sustainably. Start have some fantastic ideas on how to save energy and water, recycle, eat, travel and think more sustainably. This month, our focus is on growing your own, Neil Whitehead of the Seed Pantry explains how to make the most out of any space you have, using everyday items! Read more here.

The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment


The Prince’s Foundation is an educational charity which transforms lives by making great places. For more information about our UK and International projects and research and Education Programme, please see our website.
HRH Prince of Wales

The Foundation President

HRH The Prince of Wales

The Prince’s Charities is a group of not-for-profit organisations of which The Prince of Wales is President: 18 of the 20 charities were founded personally by The Prince Read more…


To support the Foundation in our research, UK and International Projects and Education Programme, become a member! Annual membership is only £30 and members receive our magazines and pin badge, and invitations to exclusive events and tours. To join us or renew your membership, please contact our membership officer.

Interior Design Tips for a Sustainable and Stylish Home 

We asked Interior Designer Christina Moore to help us with the Prince's House and create an interior that would be both sustainable and stylish. Christina set off for various street markets, charity shops, antique fairs, boot sales and local auctions to source all the materials, to find out more about the inspiration behind the house and for some ideas on recycling and interior decoration, read here.
Ideal Home Show Scotland

Competition - Ideal Home Show Scotland is back!

After 3 years away, the award-winning Ideal Home Show returns to Glasgow’s SECC on 27th-30th May with a new show format and 8 dedicated areas of the home under one roof - To celebrate the return of the show, we are giving away 50 pairs of tickets to our e-newsletter readers. To be in with a chance to win, answer this simple question in an email to by Wednesday 25th May:

 Q) How many dedicated areas of the home are there at Ideal Home Show Scotland?

 a) 20  b) 8  c) 2
Scottish Wildlife Trust

Top Ten Tips for Boosting Wildlife in your Garden


The Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) is a registered charity that advances the conservation of Scotland’s biodiversity for the benefit of present and future generations. We have been working with SWT on the garden at the Prince's House which offers a unique demonstration to visitors of how to create a natural habitat that will attract wildlife and help support the environment from your own home. If you are interested in boosting the wildlife in your garden you can read their top ten tips here.




Hackfall near Ripon has been awarded a highly coveted 2011 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage at the Europa Nostra Awards - congratulations to our members The Landscape Agency for revealing the original vision of dramatic vistas and bringing back to life the lost ponds, paths and cascades in a  major project that has been taking place during the last decade.


The first phase of the new village of Knockroon, near Cumnock, was launched at the beginning of the month. Knockroon is a walkable neighbourhood where people rather than cards come first. Two of our professional members Hope Homes Scotland and Zero C have helped design, build and market it.

THE INTERNATIONAL NETWORK FOR TRADITIONAL BUILDING, ARCHITECTURE & URBANISM (INTBAU) would like to invite you to join its membership. INTBAU is a sister charity of The Prince’s Foundation, and is an educational charity which works to promote traditional architecture, urbanism and crafts. To learn more, please visit INTBAU’s website at, and follow the link ‘Join’ in the lefthand menu.


To book any tours or events, please contact Francesca Dean, Membership officer with your member number on or call 0207 6138584 or follow

the instructions below.



The Glass-House, The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment, The Building Exploratory and Architecture Centre Network

Engage in some lively debate about different approaches to ensuring design quality, and the importance of listening and responding to the community voice. This is the second in a series of talks exploring community engagement in the built environment.

Further details and to book:


EXCLUSIVE MEMBERS TOUR OF HIGHGROVE GARDENS - Tuesday 5th July 2011 15:00 - 17:30

Highgrove House, Doughton, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8TN

£40 per person - Only 4 places left...

As the tour of Highgrove Gardens grows in popularity year on year, we are delighted to have been invited to run this membership tour again. The tour is led by His Royal Highness’s Garden Guides who are extremely knowledgeable about the cultural and sentimental significance of Highgrove’s wide variety of landscaping and ornamentation.


MEMBERS TOUR OF THE QUEEN'S GALLERY, BUCKINGHAM PALACE - Tuesday 5th October 2011 18:00 - 20:00

£30 per person

The Official Residences of The Queen, London SW1A 1AA

Members will be in for a special tour of The Queen’s Gallery Buckingham Palace led by Jonathan Marsden The Director of The Royal Collection,  one  of  the  largest  and  most  important  collections  in  the world, that reflects 500 years of art collected by British Monarchs. He will recount the history of the Gallery’s most important pieces that include paintings, furniture, silver, sculpture, jewellery, and books. John Simpson of John Simpson Architects  was the Architect entrusted by the nation with the important design of extending The Queen’s Gallery. He will share the story of his creative vision that saw him design detailed architectural features inspired by Pompeii over sites in Buckingham Palace formerly occupied by unattractive heating and cooling units transforming them into a stunning series of galleries, lecture halls and visitors facilities.



A three-week programme including lectures, workshops, drawing and building exercises and field trips aimed at developing an in-depth knowledge both of traditional building and repair techniques and how these have been, and can be, applied in the twenty-first century.  The 2011 Summer School will run from 18th July – 5th August and will cost £2,750. Members of The Prince’s Foundation receive a 10% discount.  Please contact Edith Platten on 02076138514 to reserve your place or email


The fifth cohort of apprentices graduated last month, with four going on to establish their own business and the remaining graduates going on to paid employment within their areas of expertise with heritage building firms.

"Before starting the programme I had no intention of being self employed but now I think it has given me the knowledge, confidence and drive to get stuck in and start my own business."

Matthew Timby, Building Craft Apprentice, March 2011

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