33-year-old Prince Harry spent the day in Lancashire yesterday, first visiting war veterans before stopping at the village of St Michael’s on Wyre to reopen a refurbished hall. The village was badly damaged by flooding last year, with more than 1700 buildings affected. Harry was greeted with dozens of children waving miniature flags, as well as elderly residents whom he had met previously.
Following his time in St Michael’s, Harry headed to Brockholes Nature Reserve in Preston, where he helped youth involved in the Myplace project engage in bush craft activities and conservation. The program seeks to enhance the wellbeing and health of participants through physical experiences in nature.
Harry watched the participants, aged from 13-24, construct shelters, build fires and identify treelife blindfolded. He told them: “you are the lucky ones, getting this experience while your friends are stuck inside watching television or playing computer games,” The Daily Mail reports.
18-year-old Hannah Croft said it was “brilliant” to meet Harry, and called him a “really cool guy.” Croft continued: “It was really good to share experiences. I think that the Heads Together campaign he is involved in with his brother is absolutely amazing and it was really rewarding to meet him today. It’s very good that we have people like that in the Royal Family who are fighting for this cause.”
Myplace are striving to engage with 1000 young people by 2020 to help grow green spaces in urban areas.