Royals visit London community projects

Prince of Wales visits community project.
Prince of Wales visits community project. Photo: London Tonight

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have visited community volunteers at the Hollybush Estate in Bethnal Green and the Everlasting Arms Ministry in Peckham.

Duchess of Cornwall visits community project.
Duchess of Cornwall visits community project. Credit: London Tonight

The Royal couple were given a tour of Rocky Gardens on the Hollybush Estate. It is part of the Capital Growth scheme and provides free plots to residents to grow their own produce.

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall also met Margaret Cox, a full-time volunteer in Tower Hamlets, who works closely with local groups, voluntary organisations and schools.

Through her work, the estate now has a local nature reserve and 79 community growing spaces. These improvements have transformed the area and helped to alleviate anti-social behaviour.

Margaret Cox and other residents from the Hollybush Estate are putting on this Christmas event for their community, following the success of their Big Lunch this summer.

Residents are delivering hampers to the older residents on the estate as part of the project, which will include fresh vegetables from their allotment, jam made using fruit from their orchard, Strawberry Fields, and other festive goodies.

The Royal pair also met Nicholas Okwulu, a Community Enabler for a south London organisation. He has previously organised Big Lunches in Brixton and Peckham and runs projects that are socially inclusive and aim to improve the lives of people in Peckham.

Today's event in Peckham brought people together from three different estates and had a significant and the organisers hope it will have a lasting impact on the community.

This event was funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government. Community events such as this Christmas celebration are successful in bringing different people together in the wider Peckham community, particularly those who may be isolated

Both Christmas events that the Royal visited were supported by The Big Lunch. Both communities held Big Lunch events for The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, which had a positive impact within those communities.