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Approachable Prince visits Brixton estates

Residents of two Lambeth London Living estates had a very special visit, when His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex came to see their gardens.

In his role as Patron of the Royal Gardens Society, Prince Edward travelled to Brixton to meet some of the winners of Lambeth’s popular Estates in Bloom competition.

His first stop was Edmondsbury Estate where Mrs May Horscroft, the competition’s overall winner from last year, walked him through her colourful floral display while letting him in on some of her growing tips.She said: “He told me the garden was seriously impressive.” The Earl took time to shake the hands of individual residents and ask about their involvement in gardening.

In his second stop, Prince Edward walked around the grounds of Arlington Lodge which won Best Kept Estate in last year’s competition. Irena Kowalewska, Chair of Arlington Residents Association said she was very honoured to show him around: “I think he’s a lovely Prince and I never imagined royalty would be so approachable”. Fellow resident and gardener Jean Baker said: “this visit has given us the encouragement to keep gardening and keep our estate tidy; the fact a Prince has been here means we will continue the good work.”