Prince William in Cornwall on first visit as duke of the Duchy

Prince William is in Cornwall on his first visit as duke <i>(Image: PA)</i>
Prince William is in Cornwall on his first visit as duke (Image: PA)

Prince William is making his first visit to the Duchy this afternoon since taking on the role of Duke of Cornwall.

In his first official trip after taking on the title from his father King Charles, the new duke is meeting with organisations who are supporting the local community and staff working for the Duchy of Cornwall.

He is visiting Newquay Orchard, described as a seven-acre “urban greenspace” on Duchy land which provides environmental education, employability training and community events.

Built by the community, for the community, the Duchy of Cornwall said the Orchard had “flourished” over the last eight years and was now home to a wide variety of initiatives aiming to combat social isolation, promote healthy lifestyles, and support those who are feeling the impacts of the cost-of-living crisis.

The site also runs a community café and acts as a venue offering a space for local people to run events, workshops, classes and social clubs.

The prince is joining volunteers at ‘An Lowarth’, Cornish for ‘garden’, one of the original growing spaces at the Orchard and a space where volunteers can learn skills, make new friends and improve their physical and mental health.

The Orchard currently works with more than 120 active volunteers each week, who take stewardship of the Orchard in everything from mulching and weeding to developing structures and planting trees.

The duke will then visit an educational area where people are trained in cooking, gardening and other practical skills to help them move into employment, education or further training.

Prince William will end his visit the afternoon by stopping at the community café, ‘Canteen at the Orchard’, where the core ethos is sustainability, and serves produce grown and picked by volunteers in the gardens.

Whilst in Cornwall, the Duke will also visit Duchy offices to meet staff as he takes forward the stewardship of the estate.

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