Save our village pubs: Charles warns that monoculturalism is killing rural communitiesBy Fay Schlesinger
Last updated at 8:37 PM on 14th March 2011
The Prince of Wales addresses a tourism conference at Anglesey Abbey, in Lode, Cambridge
If society continues to spurn village pubs and traditional crafts, it will end up ‘pulling threads’ from the ‘delicate tapestry’ of rural life, he said.
The heir to the throne today used a verbose speech to tourism bosses to drill home his views on the importance of harmony and eco-living - and the paralysing peril of monoculturalism.
He told a conference in Lode, near Cambridge, that visitors to the countryside should be asked to make a voluntary contribution to support its farmers and local businesses.
He also sang the praises of a hotel surcharge scheme in Rome to raise funds for the upkeep of its historic monuments, though he did not suggest introducing it in the UK.
And he revealed that he – and presumably Camilla – have ‘very happily fallen into the familiar pattern of returning year after year to stay in a particularly fine bed and breakfast in the Fells of Cumbria’.
Charles added: ‘All these things attract and maintain tourism in an age of otherwise stultifying monoculturalism – it is the things that make us so different that is so attractive to people. But without assistance we will lose a national asset of incalculable value and one that, once lost, can never be recreated.’
Prince Charles, seen being greeted by well-wishers during a tour of the grounds of Anglesey Abbey, warned of the dangers of 'pulling threads' from the 'delicate tapestry' of the UK countryside
‘No farmers, no beautiful landscapes with stone walls; no thriving rural communities, no villages with at their heart the famous British pub so rightly beloved by our tourists; no sustainable agriculture, no distinctive local foods – no unique local story to tell and to experience.
‘In other words, no cultural continuity to give life its meaning and people a sense of belonging.’
Charles, speaking at a tourism conference near Cambridge, said that 'without assistance' an 'incredibly valuable national asset' could be lost
He said: (People in) other countries go abroad less than we do. They take more holidays in their own countries than we do. We need to get out there and sell the heck out of (Britain).’
Charles, 62, has vaunted his eco values for decades. He has described himself as Defender of Nature and began his book Harmony, published last year, with the words: ‘This is a call to revolution.’
In a documentary on his views, the prince last year described himself as being born ‘for a purpose’.
Giving fascinating insight into his view of his inherited wealth and influence, he said: ‘I can only somehow imagine that I find myself being born into this position for a purpose.
‘I don’t want my grandchildren or yours to come along and say to me, “Why the hell didn’t you come and do something about this? You knew what the problem was”. That is what motivates me.
‘I wanted to express something in the outer world that I feel inside... We seem to have lost that understanding of the whole of nature and the universe as a living entity.’
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