If we manage to foster participation at all levels and to build on the willingness and enthusiasm of people to help themselves, we can pass on something to be proud of to future generations.
To be concerned about the way people live; about the environment they inhabit and the kind of community that is created by that environment should surely be one of the prime requirements of a really good architect.
But there are others who have been slow to realise the role young people can play – especially in an age then people seem to grow up so much more rapidly than before. Many private schools have also failed to appreciate the value of their facilities to young and old alike during the holidays then they are not normally required.
What a pleasure it is for a rapidly ageing graduate from the University of Cambridge to find himself in a position from which he can harangue a host of university professors and lecturers with apparent impunity? Even, dare I say it, my old social anthropology lecturer - Professor Leach.
It is a countryside quite as beautiful and magnificent as any in Europe, or outside it for that matter, but it is in danger of rapidly losing its unique individuality and magnificence, and we are here to make sure that such a situation is thwarted by co-operative efforts.
Speaking for myself, as a result of my two-month stay in this country, I have come to see far more in the title I hold than hitherto. I am more than grateful to the people of this Principality for making my brief stay so immensely worthwhile and for giving me such encouragement in the learning of the language.
For that reason I have decided to introduce a Countryside Award Scheme to be known as The Prince of Wales Countryside Award. The idea is that it will be presented to both voluntary and statutory organisations which have promoted projects that are a distinctive contribution towards improving the general quality and beauty of the environment in Wales during 1970.