Prince Charles will not renew lease on Duchy Originals farm 

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Prince Charles is to step away from running the farm that supplies his luxury ‘Duchy Originals’ Prince Charles will not renew

food brand to upmarket supermarkets Waitrose and Ocado.

The 71-year-old royal, who created the popular high-end brand from Home Farm in Gloucestershire

35 years ago, looks set to now turn his attentions closer to home, transforming 2,000 acres of

the Sandringham estate into a sheep farm.

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It’s thought, as Charles prepares to take the throne, that a sheep farm could be easier to manage

than the diverse 900-acre Home Farm, which turned organic in 1985, because it will focus solely on rearing lamb.

The Duchy Originals brand is far-reaching, selling everything from luxury Cornish pasties to

regional ales, cheeses and organic meat.  Prince Charles will not renew

A new sheep farm would see the Prince oversee a vastly reduced amount of livestock. Home

Farm currently breeds Gloucester, Shetland and British White cattle plus Tamworth pigs and Irish Moiled pigs.

Prince Charles is expected to end his 35-year tenancy at Home Farm in Highgrove, Gloucestershire,

in April. He started organic farming there in 1985

Prince Charles is expected to end his 35-year tenancy at Home Farm in Highgrove, Gloucestershire, in April. He started organic farming there in 1985

Heir to the throne is reportedly making the change as ‘he is expected to be king at some point’

Heir to the throne is reportedly making the change as 'he is expected to be king at some point'

The Duchy Originals brand, which supplies upmarket supermarkets Waitrose and Ocado, breeds

livestock from its Home Farm site in Gloucestershire (Pictured: Duchy Originals organic Welsh lamb leg steaks)

The Duchy Originals brand, which supplies upmarket supermarkets Waitrose and Ocado, breeds livestock from its Home Farm site in Gloucestershire (Pictured: Duchy Originals organic Welsh lamb leg steaks)

The wide-ranging products include everything from authentic Cornish pasties

The wide-ranging products include everything from authentic Cornish pasties

Locally brewed ales and luxury biscuits also feature in the Duchy Originals product range

Locally brewed ales and luxury biscuits also feature in the Duchy Originals product range

The wide-ranging products include everything from authentic Cornish pasties to locally brewed ales

End of an era? Prince Charles now looks set to focus his attentions on a sheep farm in

Sandringham instead. Pictured: The Queen browsing Duchy Originals products on sale at a  Waitrose in Dorset, back in 2016

End of an era? Prince Charles now looks set to focus his attentions on a sheep farm in Sandringham instead. Pictured: The Queen browsing Duchy Originals products on sale at a  Waitrose in Dorset, back in 2016

The latest reports, say The Sun, suggest that Charles has made the difficult decision to

walk away from Home Farm by not renewing the lease when it comes up in April.

MailOnline has contacted Clarence House for comment.  Prince Charles will not renew

Meanwhile, Sandringham looks like a viable alternative for Charles to continue his interest in

organic farming; he took over the 2,000-acre estate in Norfolk from Prince Philip last year,

and the farm achieved organic status with it earlier this summer.

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Home Farm was very much a pioneer in organic farming, with Prince Charles making the

Gloucestershire estate all organic long before many of his farming peers.

The practices employed by his staff there are said to ‘epitomise’ his belief in farming methods

that don’t use pesticides, with planting seeds said to be done in time with the lunar cycle.

Describing his farming beliefs on Home Farm, Charles previously told National Geographic: ‘

In farming, as in gardening, I happen to believe that if you treat the land with love and respect

then it will repay you in kind.’Prince Charles will not renew

Prince Charles took over Sandringham estate in Norfolk from his father last year

He has already caused commotion in the area by submitting plans to the council for a 500-strong

organic cattle herd. (Pictured: The planned area to be converted)

He has already caused commotion in the area by submitting plans to the council for a 500-strong organic cattle herd. (Pictured: The planned area to be converted)

As patron of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, he has been keen to ensure the farm plays its

part in preserving the gene pool of British pigs, sheep and cattle.

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Home Farm has previously welcomed Tamworth pigs, Irish Moiled pigs, Gloucester, Shetland

and British White cattle, as well as Hebridean and Shropshire sheep.

The royal estate has also applied for permission to build a large shed – but locals have raised

concerns about the smell that could be caused by such a large number of cattle

The royal estate has also applied for permission to build a large shed - but locals have raised concerns about the smell that could be caused by such a large number of cattle

Home Farm has also been at the centre of preserving British breeds such as the Tamworth pig

His plans for re-developing Sandringham have previously run into trouble, after he became locked

in battle with locals over a scheme for a 500-strong organic cattle herd.

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The royal estate had applied for a large shed measuring 315ft by 98ft.

Backing the scheme in May this year, they said: ‘The production of organically, grass-fed high-quality

beef from local heritage breeds represents an enhancement of the heritage, cultural and environmental

assets of West Norfolk.

‘With the estate going into full organic production across all its enterprises the need for a good source

of farmyard manure to maintain soil fertility means that the estate is farming more sustainably and

further enhances the environmental assets of the borough.’

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The future King and his son Prince William carried out the most duties of any royal since

the start of lockdown in March.

Charles led the way with 69 commitments through phone calls, video conferences and in-

person engagements, followed by Prince William with 54 official duties.

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