HRH The Prince of Wales' Garden Party for Sustainability
"I am delighted to be able to welcome visitors into my gardens, and those
of my immediate neighbours, for this exciting festival. We have a fantastic team of talented curators who are helping us
create an event which will, I hope, be both fun and informative. This festival is just one way in which Start can help to
demonstrate how we can all make a difference, however big or small the steps we take." .....
Sir Stirling Moss
Ginetta G50 EV
The Royal Train runs on used cooking oil,
HRH The Prince of Wales
an environmentally friendly fuel.
12th September, 2010
On Monday, 6th September 2010, HRH The Prince of Wales, known as The Duke of
Rothesay in Scotland, embarked on a five-day tour of Great Britain to promote sustainable living through his new START
Visiting Glasgow as the first leg of the tour, The Duke (Prince Charles), who has been an environmental leader for nearly
40 years, met with members of the public as well as seeing a number of projects showcasing sustainability.
The Duke sat on a collapsible red bike, which can be used by commuters, as well as sampling Highland Brie from the
Highland Fine Cheeses stall, before donating a pair of green cord trousers to a Marks and Spencer charity stall at Glasgow
Central train station.
His Royal Highness also enjoyed a performance by school pupils from Hillhead High School jazz band.
Before departing for Edinburgh on the Royal train (see accompanying image), which runs on used cooking oil, The Duke
gave a speech and launched the “START cycling challenge” race from Glasgow to Edinburgh.
Before boarding the train, His Royal Highness said: “What I hope to get across, to as many people as possible, is
that however awful a predicament we face with climate change and the unsustainable use of the natural resources that
keep us all alive, we aren't going to get anywhere by telling everyone what they need to stop doing.”
“There's been quite enough of that in recent years and we all know what the reaction is.”
“So this week is going to be about the things that we can all start doing for our own benefit, for the benefit of
everyone who shares this planet with us and for the benefit of our children and their children too.”
“The message of START is about encouraging and assisting everyone to take the first steps towards the world that we
all want to live in. A clean, healthy, energy-efficient world that lives within the limits of its natural resources and
that we can actually take pride in.”
“So START is a simple and positive message. It doesn't lecture or hector anyone about anything, nor does it attempt
to frighten you.”
Nancy Gray, 74, from Shettleston in Glasgow, spoke to The Duke of Rothesay as he arrived at Glasgow Central: "He
said, 'I hope I haven't interrupted your day'. I said, 'Welcome to Glasgow and I love you very much'," Ms Gray said.
Asked how she felt to meet The Duke of Rothesay (Prince Charles), she said: "Overwhelmed."
The Royal tour visited Carmarthen, Bristol, Newcastle, Todmorden, Manchester, Nottingham and Birmingham, and finished in
London on Friday.
Start Eco Car Spectacular
Cars participating today, in this segment of The Prince's initiative, include Ginetta G50 EV (see accompanying image),
G-Wiz, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Smart Fortwo ED, Tesla Roadster, Think City and Vauxhall HydroGen4 concept amongst numerous
Sir Stirling Moss to drive Mitsubishi i-MiEV
Retired British motor racing driver, Sir Stirling Moss (see accompanying image), is to drive a Mitsubishi i-MiEV in
the Start Eco Car Spectacular being held in London (England) today. The event, hosted on The Mall, London, is part of HRH
The Prince of Wales’ sustainability initiative ‘Start’, which will present positive steps to leading a sustainable
‘Start’ forms part of The Prince of Wales’, ‘A Garden Party to Make A Difference’, an event lasting twelve
days from 8th – 19th September that promotes and celebrates sustainable living. The Eco Car Spectacular is the
result of the passion and organisation of Roger Saul and Kevin McCloud. Roger Saul said: "This will be a
ground-breaking gathering for anyone with even the smallest interest in an eco-friendly way of travelling. It
will offer a chance to question the transport we use and view the possible alternatives. I am thrilled to be
With assistance from the EVCUP (Electric Vehicle Cup Race Team), Roger and Kevin have brought together an
eclectic mix of celebrities and car fanatics to parade a range of low emissions vehicles down The Mall. Sir
Stirling is just one of the them.
After testing the Mitsubishi i-MiEV recently, Sir Stirling said:
"I was very impressed by the Mitsubishi i-MiEV. Electric cars are slowly becoming a realistic proposition
to use as an every day car, especially if you live in a city and I am looking forward to driving it again on
The Mall on the 12th September."