HRH The Prince of Wales visits Matlock

December 24, 2019

The sun shone brightly when our Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, visited Congreave Farm in Matlock, Derbyshire on the afternoon of Monday 23rd December 2019.

HRH arrived at the home of local Farmers Peter and Deborah Bettney and took a brief tour of their farm, before sitting down for tea to talk with them and some of the local Farmers who had been affected by the sudden flooding in November. Those in attendance spoke about how unbelievably fast the flood waters rose, the impact the flooding had on them and the steps they were taking to move on from such an unexpected occurrence. Some of the physical losses included sheep, fodder and fencing, however, those affected welcomed the support they were receiving from The Prince’s Countryside Fund, Forage Aid and the Addington Fund – who were all represented at Congreave Farm on the day of the visit alongside Lord Edward Manners.

Diane Spark, The Prince’s Countryside Fund Farmer Support Coordinator, said: “All of the farmers attending commented on how privileged they felt to have had the opportunity to meet with HRH and how delighted they were that he was able to take the time and trouble to visit them at this time.”