For the last 25 years the gardens and surrounding land have been managed to the organic and sustainable principles that His Royal Highness has for so long championed. The gardens have been developed to be as self-sufficient as possible with all green waste recycled for use in the gardens as mulching material or as compost. Natural predators are encouraged for pest control and only natural fertilizers are used. His Royal Highness desperately wanted to protect and enhance our native flora and fauna which have been in serious decline due to modern farming methods. Wildlife thrives in this environment and is furthermore encouraged; from English song birds like the Chiffchaff, Dunnock and Song Thrush to dragonflies, butterflies, beetles, newts and rare bumble bees; all are part of the virtuous circle of nature at Highgrove.