Steyning pupils set to meet the Prince of Wales

The Prince of Wales is coming to Wiston House and will meet Steyning pupils
The Prince of Wales is coming to Wiston House and will meet Steyning pupils

PUPILS from Steyning Primary School will be meeting the Prince of Wales tomorrow during a visit to Wiston House.

The children are taking part in a countryside classroom Chef on the Farm day, working through the process of preparing their own lunch in the garden at Wiston House.

The children will work with the gardener to source fresh produce, meet the estate’s award-winning sheep farmers and their flock, and cook locally-sourced lamb burgers with an expert chef before sitting down to share the meal they have prepared.

The Prince of Wales is attending a Reversing the Trend conference organised by Plantlife, The Rare Breeds Survival Trust and The Wildlife Trusts, which aims to find ways to begin to halt the decline in UK biodiversity in species rich grasslands, and a lunchtime reception at Wiston House.

The working conference has been convened by the three charities who are working together on the Coronation Meadows Project, with a view to looking for holistic solutions to the conservation of meadows and other grasslands throughout the UK. It will be chaired by science, environment and rural affairs broadcaster Tom Heap.

The Prince will listen to a Question Time panel debate and give a speech outlining his vision for a diverse grassland heritage, before meeting conference participants during a lunchtime reception

Following the biodiversity conference, the Prince will meet the children from Steyning Primary School.

The Chef on the Farm day initiative aims to give children an outdoor learning experience which helps them to connect with where their food comes from.

The Prince’s visit to Sussex begins at Coronation Meadow for East Sussex at Beech Estate, to mark the first anniversary of the Coronation Meadows Project, Coach Road Field, Battle.

He will meet land managers and practitioners involved with the process of meadow restoration on the estate and view the meadow’s progress.

The Prince of Wales’s Coronation Meadows Project was launched in 2013 as a tribute to the Queen to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s Coronation.

The project aims to ensure that there is a wild flower meadow in every county in the United Kingdom and was inspired by a report by Plantlife, which revealed Britain has lost 97 per cent of its wildflower meadows since the Queen came to the throne.