Prince William visits a conservation area in Dartmoor

His father’s son! Prince William follows in Charles’s footsteps as a lover of the natural world as he visits a conservation area in Dartmoor which is being regenerated by the Duchy of Cornwall

  • The Prince of Wales, 41, beamed as he sported a casual look to explore the area
  • READ MORE: The children’s Prince! William is all smiles as he cuts ribbon with young royal fans at the official opening of Duchy of Cornwall nursery restaurant in Lostwithiel 

The Prince of Wales swapped his sharp suit and tie for a flat cap and a waterproof jacket as took a stroll in Dartmoor this afternoon. 

Prince William, 41, visited Wistman’s Wood in the West Dart Valley, an area which will be included in a regeneration and expansion project.

Dressed in the cap, a pair of smart/casual jeans, a khaki jacket and a blue shirt, the father-of-three beamed as he explored the area.

The regeneration plans, launched by the Duchy of Cornwall, aim to expand Wistman’s Wood to double in size by the year 2040.

Taking a keen interest in the regeneration project, William appeared to be following in the footsteps of his father King Charles, who is a strong supporter of climate conservation and a lover of the natural world. 

Prince William (pictured) beamed as he took a stroll through Wistman’s Wood in Dartmoor, Devon, this afternoon

As William explored the area this afternoon, it marked his second day of a solo trip to the south-west counties of Cornwall and Devon. 

The Duchy has been working with agricultural tenants in the area, Natural England and the Dartmoor National Park Authority for more than two years on the project.

It is developing a plan to expand the Wistman’s Wood area and ensure its resilience for generations to come.

The ancient oak woodland in the West Dart Valley on Dartmoor, Devon, is a special area of conservation and a national nature reserve due to its significance for nature conservation.

It is often hailed as one of the south west’s last remaining examples of a temperate rainforest.

Yesterday, William visited Cornwall, where he opened a new restaurant and atrium at the Duchy of Cornwall’s nursery.

He showed his natural affinity with children as he cut the ribbon with two young royal fans at the opening ceremony for The Orangery near Lostwithiel, Cornwall.

The Prince of Wales looked pensive as he explored the area, which is at the heart of a regeneration project

The Prince of Wales donned a flatcap to hike around the area on the second day of his solo visit to the south west of England

Prince William, 41, looked smart yet casual in a flatcap, a shirt, and a khaki waterproof jacket

The Prince of Wales visited the area to learn more about the regeneration project around Wistman’s Wood

The regeneration and expansion project surrounding Wistman’s Wood aims to double the size of the area by 2040

The Prince of Wales is learning more about the project, which has been launched by the Duchy of Cornwall

The Prince of Wales appeared to be following in his father’s footsteps as he took a keen interest in the project

Father-of-three William was shown around the area by experts

The fine dining restaurant has been built as part of a nine-month extension project and will serve a seasonal menu with fresh produce from the gardens. 

Claire Vickers, the nursery’s marketing manager, added: ‘This extension is several years in the making, and it’s been under construction for nine months, so this really is an exciting moment for us’.

She also revealed that King Charles was heavily involved in the design plans for the building.

She said: ‘The 24th duke, who’s now His Majesty, was very much involved in the designs of the building and its very meaningful to have his son, the 25th duke, to visit us on this momentous occasion.

‘We are a big employer in the area and are supported incredibly by our local community, and you ask anyone in Lostwithiel, they will tell you how proud they are of the nursery and its connection to the royal family.

‘William is his father’s son, he was brought up with the same values, and his interests including unfolding The Earthshot Price is indicative of what he wants to do for the environment, and in that sense we feel very much his support here’.

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