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See video of Prince Harry visiting schoolchildren at the Chatham Green Project

PUBLISHED: 18:26 14 September 2017

Prince Harry looks on while year 7 pupils from Felstead School build a shelter as he 
visits the Chatham Green Project. Picture: David Rose/Daily Telegraph/PA Wire

Prince Harry looks on while year 7 pupils from Felstead School build a shelter as he visits the Chatham Green Project. Picture: David Rose/Daily Telegraph/PA Wire

Prince Harry took a step into the wilderness in Essex today during a visit to a conservation project that aims to teach youngsters to value the countryside.

The Royal guest learnt about the work going on at the Chatham Green Project, run by the Wilderness Foundation and based at farmland near Chelmsford.

Children from Felsted School showed the Prince shelters they had built between trees using sticks, rope and tarpaulin as part of a survival course.

An instructor threw a bucket of water over one shelter as children sat inside it to test whether it was waterproof, and there were shrieks and giggles from the children as water poured through a hole in the roof and drenched them.

As children clambered out of the den Prince Harry shook the instructor’s hand and said “that’s cruel!”

One of the children quipped “we survived”.

The Chatham Green Project is an education programme which aims to teach more than 3,000 pupils each year how to take action to protect the countryside.

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