The Duke then went on to meet more volunteers who help out and about on the farm and was then introduced to the children of Buntingsdale School who performed a Worm Dance for him.
Children from Hodnet School were also out in the garden and the Duke greeted them too... but it didn't end there..
Next he met with a group of shareholders, who were invited to represent the 8000 who own the farm, including our first ever shareholder, Graham Sedgeley.
Jim Critchley was one of this group, after shaking hands with the Duke, he said he would never wash his hand again!
The Duke met the staff in the Farm Shop and was also shown around the new bakery, before meeting the team in Arthur’s Farm Kitchen.
The Duke asked if the volunteers had to lick all 6000 envelopes…! We’re not that cruel, the envelopes are all self-sealing. J
Before being whisked off to his next visit, Charlotte and Ben presented him with a share certificate, ‘The Fight for Fordhall Farm’ book and a selection of meat… We don’t think he’ll forget his visit in a hurry!
And now HRH The Duke of Gloucester is a fully fledged member and landowner of Fordhall Farm.