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Edward and Sophie kick off Black History Month during a visit to Vauxhall City Farm

The Earl and Countess of Wessex kicked off Black History Month on Thursday during a visit to Vauxhall City Farm.

Their Royal Highnesses met schoolchildren who were participating in the farm’s programme of educational activities for Black History Month.

Black History Month, which runs through until the end of October, provides the opportunity to recognise the outstanding contributions people of African and Caribbean descent have made to the UK over many generations.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex visited to see their community engagement programmes in action, and joined staff, volunteers, local residents and schoolchildren as the farm marked the start of Black History Month. 

Vauxhall City Farm is located in the London borough of Lambeth, and is a charity focusing on education, youth work, animal care and horticulture.

Edward and Sophie’s trip to the farm coincided with a group of schoolchildren who were also visiting the educational establishment.

To mark Black History Month, the farm is running a programme, educating local school children about important figures in black history.

Edward and Sophie heard teachers and students sharing stories and poems about inspiration black people who have shaped history.

The Royal Couple also spoke to the farm’s staff and volunteers about how they have adapted to the new measures that are in place, and how the farm coped during lockdown.