The Duchess of Cornwall took a break from a Royal visit to South Wales with Prince Charles and stopped off at Jamie’s Farm, Redbrook.

A patron of the project for four years, it’s the first time Camilla has visited the residential site near Monmouth where disadvantaged young people and children who are at risk of academic or social exclusion can work on the farm and learn practical life skills.

Greeted by founder Jamie Fielden, she was given a tour and met some of the children engaged in cooking and gardening, then introduced to sponsors and supporters and farm manager Dan Smith.

Formerly known as Duffield’s Farm, the charity aims to extend their reach and work with more young people in Wales and other areas of the UK, where they know there is huge deprivation.

Jamie’s Farm, which is one of four residential farms in the project, has enabled them to extend their programme to an additional 450 disadvantaged youngsters and approximately 100 members of teaching staff each year.

The duchess stopped to see the farm’s therapy ponies and watched the children working with them before heading to the cowshed, where she met with the fundraising team and the farmers.

Founder Jamie Fielden, speaking to the Beacon after the event said they were “delighted to welcome our patron HRH the Duchess of Cornwall to our Monmouth Farm and are even more delighted that she has now visited all of our sites.

‘‘Her passion for the countryside and our work is infectious, and her patronage is something we cherish and are very thankful for.”