by Jeff Hathaway
HRH PRINCE EDWARD, Earl of Wessex, was in great spirits, despite the weather, when he visited the Les Creux Allotments on the morning of 17th September.
The Prince was met by Constable Steve Pallet who introduced him to the Chairman of the Les Creux Association, Gillian Journeaux and Vice-Chairman, Chris VIbert who accompanied him on a tour of the allotments.
The Prince, as Master of The Worshipful Company of Gardeners, and himself a keen gardener, spent over an hour meeting with a talking to the allotmenteers with whom he spent some time chatting and admiring their vegetable growing efforts - particularly the plot gardened by pupils from La Moye School.
The Constable then introduced the Prince to the many people involved with setting up the scheme, from The Jersey Allotment & Leisure Gardening Association and the Steering Group, who initiated and developed the allotments, then to the other groups who enjoy other Les Creux facilities like the Bowls Club and the Scouts as well as representatives of Rotary de la Manche maintain parts of the wider Millenium Park.
The Prince was also accompanied by Company gardeners who had joined him on his Jersey visit and who also took opportunity to chat with the allotmenteers.
Before leaving the Prince was invited to plant a tree by pupils from La Moye School - a Hawthorn, a lasting legacy of his visit.
Finally the Worshipful Company of Gardeners presented the Les Creux Association with an illuminated and framed scroll commemorating the visit and representing his ‘royal approval’ - and proudly shown here in the inset by Les Creux Association Vice-Chairman, Chris Vibert.
It was quite clear from his many comments that he was very impressed with the allotments and had thoroughly enjoyed himself. The Prince’s informal approach was hugely appreciated by all - his chatty and relaxed nature put everyone at ease. So relaxed that one allotmenteer said: "I completely forgot I was talking to royalty - what a wonderful down-to- earth man."