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Prince Charles visits Yorkshire Dales

Prince Charles visits Yorkshire Dales

Published at 5:18pm 10th September 2015. (Updated at 11:02am 11th September 2015)

The Prince of Wales has visited the Yorkshire Dales. 

He stopped off at Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes to see the art of cheese-making and meet local farmers.

David Hartley, Managing Director of Wensleydale Creamery, said: "With a heritage that spans centuries and family roots that are firmly set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, we're extremely proud and thrilled with HRH Prince of Wales' enthusiasm for our award-winning cheese, the brand, the business and the community."

During his visit, Prince Charles spoke to farmers who have participated in The Prince's Dairy Initiative.

Launched in 2012, the programme was inspired by his long-held concerns about the future sustainability of dairy farming.

It aims to improve the resilience of the dairy supply chain by helping to secure a viable future for farmers and has brought together the dairy sector to take practical action to support the sustainability of the industry.

Director Claire Saunders said: "At a time when dairy farmers are under more pressure than ever, it is heartening to hear from farmers who have been helped by The Prince's Dairy Initiative.

"We are currently recruiting farmers for our fourth year, and hope many more will take the opportunity to benefit from this valuable project at a time when our farm businesses are really struggling."

Farmer Ruth Umplebly said that the current volatility has hit them hard. 

She added: "However, our attendance at the PDI workshops highlighted a number of positives to take back to farm. If cash flows were not so restricted, we would have looked to make some improvements due to the initiative."

In Leyburn, Prince Charles was taken to the banks of the River Ure to inspect work done by the Ure Salmon Trust.