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The Duke meets Cornwall Council CEO Kate Kennally in the official line-up

The Duke meets Cornwall Council CEO Kate Kennally in the official line-up

21st July 2021

By Ollie Young

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall enjoyed a gloriously sunny reception at the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery in Lostwithiel on Monday evening.

Their Royal Highnesses attended the venue as part of their tour of the South West and to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the The Prince’s Countryside Fund, a year later than planned due to the covid-19 pandemic.

They were met by the chairman of the Fund, Lord Curry of Kirkhale and its director, Keith Halstead as well as guests such as chief executive of Cornwall Council, Kate Kenally and people who have benefitted from the scheme.

The visit ended with their Royal Highnesses cutting a cake to mark the ‘10+1’ anniversary. During the event, the Prince of Wales delivered a speech to the guests thanking them for their support.

He said: “I cannot believe it’s been ten years since I started the countryside fund and it is remarkable to reflect on what this small but increasingly effective foundation has achieved since 2010. “

“This has now helped over 1000 farm businesses and needless to say I am immensely grateful to those who have helped, we cannot do it without them."

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall attended a reception on Monday evening at the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery, Lostwithiel to celebrate rural communities.

The reception saw the launch of The Prince’s Countryside Fund’s Confident Rural Communities Network, as well as the celebration of the PCF’s 11th anniversary. The PCF also used the occasion to thank the funders of their grant programmes, and those rural organisations present who have worked so hard to support their communities throughout the pandemic.

During the event, the Prince of Wales gave thanks for the continued support. He said: “I cannot believe it’s been ten years since I started the countryside fund and it is remarkable to reflect on what this small but increasingly effective foundation has achieved since 2010. A UK wide organisation was needed which could draw on all the support of the businesses that rely on the output of farming to find a way to look after those who look after the countryside and keep the food on our tables. “

“What started as a small initiative has become a nationwide charity we see today which is now routinely referred to in the highest political circles and is regarded for its resilience programme and I am indebted to the marvellous people who have helped.”

On a whistlestop tour of the Duchy, part of their annual visit to the South West, Prince Charles and Camilla also spent time on the Isles of Scilly yesterday (Tuesday).

Speaking at the nursery event, Lord Curry of Kirkharle, chair and founding trustee of The Prince’s Countryside Fund, said: “This evening we launched the PCF’s Confident Rural Communities Network, which will bring together over 300 rural community organisations who have benefited from the PCF’s grant programmes. “

“I have seen some amazing and innovative PCF funded projects over the past 11 years, whose foresight has helped to sustain rural communities. This new network will be a fantastic way to harness the vast array of expertise from across our beneficiary organisations and connect similar projects across the UK.”

“It was brilliant to hear this evening from so many of our grant beneficiaries about how the PCF’s funding has enabled them to bring initiatives to life which matter to them and their communities.”

Over the past decade, The Prince’s Countryside Fund has invested more than £10 million to over 400 projects working across the UK.

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