The Duke of Cornwall, Prince William, has made his first official visit to Cornwall since taking up his new role, where he met with organizations supporting the local community and staff working for the Duchy of Cornwall. .
They visited Newquay Orchard, a seven-acre urban green space on Duchy land that provides environmental education, employment training and community events.
Built by the community, for the community, the garden has grown over the past eight years and is now home to a range of initiatives aimed at combating social isolation, promoting healthy lifestyles, and helping people To help those who are feeling the cost implications. Life crisis
The site also runs a community cafe and acts as a venue for local people to run events, workshops, classes and social clubs.
The Duke joined volunteers at ‘An Lowarth’, Cornish for ‘garden’, one of the original growing spaces in the garden and a place where volunteers can learn skills, make new friends and exercise their physical fitness. And can improve mental health.
The Orchard currently operates with over 120 active volunteers each week, who take responsibility for everything from mulching and weeding the orchards to preparing structures and planting trees.
William then visited an education area where people are trained in cooking, gardening and other practical skills to help them move into employment, education or further training.
Finally, the Duke visited the community cafe, ‘Canteen at the Orchard’, which has a core ethos of sustainability, and serves produce grown and picked by volunteers in the orchards.
While in Cornwall, His Royal Highness also visited the Duchy’s offices to meet with staff as they take forward responsibility for the estate.