The Prince of Wales carried out engagements in Lincolnshire today, visiting Louth, Boston and Tattershall.
His Royal Highness began the day at Louth Livestock Market, where he launched the Prince’s Countryside Fund Farm Resilience Programme in the area.
The programme was launched by The Prince in 2016 and offers support to family farm businesses across the UK. The programme helps farms review their current activity and identify opportunities and improvements that can be made to build resilience and help sustain a diverse farming sector in the country.
The livestock market was opened at its current site by The Princess Royal in 1983 and was hugely successful until the area was hit by foot and mouth disease. A dedicated group of campaigners saved the market from closure in 2017.
The Prince of Wales then visited Freshtime UK’s factory in Boston, which employs around 550 people and aims to provide healthy, convenient fresh produce and salads. The company operates a zero waste to landfill policy and during the Royal visit, His Royal Highness was able to hear more about the company’s plans for alternative and fully recyclable packaging.
Next, His Royal Highness met older residents of Boston who are supported by Age UK. The charity has been operating in the area for over 60 years and helps people make the most of later life by proving a range of support and services. The Prince has been Patron of Age UK since 2010.
The Prince then travelled to Tattershall to visit Tattershall Castle, a medieval building built by Lord Ralph Cromwell that was saved from demolition in 1911 after years of neglect.
The castle was restored and is now cared for by The National Trust. His Royal Highness, President of The National Trust, enjoyed a tour of the castle and heard about its fascinating history.
Finally, The Prince met members of the congregation and volunteers at The Holy Trinity Church. This 15th Century church is renowned for its beautiful stained glass windows.
His Royal Highness was introduced to the Church’s bell ringers, who range in ages from 13 through to 85.