The Prince of Wales made a visit to Sussex on Friday to follow-up a scheme he introduced last year and to drop in on some primary school children.
Charles visited the Coronation Meadows Project which he launched in 2013 in an attempt to conserve flower-rich grasslands throughout the UK.
The day began with a private visit to the Coronation Meadow for East Sussex at Beech Estate near Battle where Prince Charles met land managers involved with the process of meadow restoration.
Launched in 2013 as a tribute to Her Majesty to mark the 60th anniversary of her coronation, the Coronation Meadows projects goal is to ensure that there is a wild flower meadow in every county in the United Kingdom.
The impetus for this project was inspired by the charity Plantlife. The charity disclosed that Britain has lost 97% of its wildflower meadows since The Queen came to the throne over 60 years ago.
Charles then had a photograph taken for the Walk a Country Mile campaign, organised by The Prince’s Countryside Fund.
The conference coincides with National Countryside Week – an annual awareness campaign to commemorate the British countryside and the people who live and work in rural areas, organised by The Prince’s Countryside Fund. This year the fund is urging people to get out and about in the countryside and ‘Walk a Country Mile.’ The goal is to raise funds to support rural projects as well as increase recognition of the vast English countryside.
Charles then attended a “Reversing the Trend” conference, organised by Plantlife. He then engaged in a question panel lead by science, environment and rural affairs broadcaster Tom Heap.
Following the biodiversity conference, The Prince of Wales will meet children from local Steyning Primary School as they participate in a Countryside Classroom ‘Chef on the Farm’ day. This initiative aims to give children an outdoor learning experience which helps them to connect with where their food comes from.
After meeting with the children, Charles continued on to the garden at Wiston House where children were working on preparing their own lunch – locally sourced lamb burgers. The youngsters worked with the gardener to source fresh produce, met the estate’s sheep farmers and their flock and had the unique opportunity to cook with an expert chef before sharing the meal they prepared.
The Countryside Classroom is collaboration between the Farming and Countryside Education (FACE) and the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts – Chefs Adopt a School which goal is to bolster education associated with food and nutrition, farming and the countryside.
In 1999 The Prince’s Countryside Fund was launched. This year marks the 15 year anniversary of the charity.
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