Royal visitor officially opens South Downs National Park HQ in Midhurst

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THE Duke of Kent visited Midhurst this afternoon (Friday, October 3) where he officially opened the South Downs National Park authority headquarters in North Street.

He was given a tour of the newly refurbished building by park chairman Margaret Paren and chief executive Trevor Beattie.

He then met members of the community including children from Easebourne and Midhurst Primary Schools who are planting and caring for flower beds in front of the new South Downs Centre.

The Duke planted a Sussex Mother apple tree in the garden and unveiled a plaque commemorating the occasion.

This will hang in the reception area of the new centre.

Mrs Paren said: “We’re very proud to welcome His Royal Highness to our new home and share with him the work we are doing in partnership to care for the national park and help more people to enjoy and understand it.”