HRH The Duchess of Cambridge asks to see our work!
May 26, 2017
Having read about Farms for City Children in Country Life magazine at the end of last year, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge wanted to come and have a closer look at what we do. Read on to find out what her afternoon at Wick Court with the children from Vauxhall Primary School entailed…
HRH The Duchess of Cambridge arrived, greeted by just a few photographers (!), and met with our Founders, Michael and Clare Morpurgo, Chair of Trustees, Liz Owens, and CEO, Dr Tessa Stone. They had an introductory conversation in our Quentin Blake art room talking about our history, what we are currently doing and our plans for the future.
The Duchess of Cambridge then joined the children and Wick Court’s Farm School Manager, Heather Tarplee, for a delicious home-cooked lunch. As is usual at Wick Court, the children then provided the Duchess with a fantastic tour of the house, sharing every nook and cranny, even where they store their suitcases!
Following lunch, the children and the Duchess ambled up the lane to our stunning new roundhouse where they listened to Michael Morpurgo read his book Conker. Did you know, when the Charity first began, Michael tested out new stories on the children visiting the farm?
After storytime, everyone got stuck in with the farm work; the Duchess helped the children pot seeds and plant onions in the vegetable patch with Tim, our gardener, and Neil, one of our wonderful volunteers, before heading out to meet the livestock.
Out in the orchard, the sheep flocked towards the Duchess, and she helped the children bottle feed Stinky the lamb. The Duchess also joined in with the pig weighing, egg-collecting and grooming our retired racehorses. Whilst helping with our livestock she told the children about her own menagerie of animals, including chickens, sheep, a hamster and a dog.
The Duchess ended her day with an informal tea party and a chance to chat with our key staff, farming partners, volunteers and trustees.
We were delighted to welcome The Duchess of Cambridge to Wick Court and it was lovely that she was able to spend so much time interacting with the children and seeing everything we do. It was a very happy day and it was clear that she really appreciated and understood how a week with Farms for City Children can help children thrive.