On the 4th of July, in a barn, on a farm, on the side of a hill in Wales, a very special visitor arrived and tried his arm at stamping out bookmarks on a vintage butterfly press, that visitor was none other than His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales.
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited recently Hayley Hanson, during his week-long Welsh tour.
Situated in the shadow of the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons, this 100 acre Welsh farm hides a secret in its 400 year old stone barns, it’s the home of the world’s only Welsh leather.
Established in 2011, Hayley Hanson along with her associated processors and finishers, is the only leather producer in Wales, and has benefited from the Princes Countryside fund, farm resilience programme.
The Prince of Wales paid a visit to the farm on the 4th of July, viewing Hayleys cattle, workshop, showroom, and discussing how she sources her hides not only from her own farm, but due to demand from the local abattoir/butcher in Talgarth, and how essential local abattoirs are to not only her own supply chain, but to the community in general.
The Prince of Wales met Hayley’s family and children, and business associated with hers, including the UKs fasted Hill climb driver Debbie Dunbar from Crickhowell, (who’s car Hayley sponsors by kind permission of the owner Lyndsay Summers) her father, Hayley’s mentor, Andy Dunbar, Sarah James and Mared Jones from the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, Katie Baker from NatWest Bank, Chris and Georgina George from George’s butchers, Graham McKenzie and Paul Tedstone (directors) from Aston Martin and Ian Charlesworth, local vicar, all of who have been instrumental in helping Hayley’s business over the past few years.
After talking to all of the guests His Royal Highness unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion, signed the visitor book and planted an apple tree, he received gifts of Bara Brith, a suede notebook, and Welsh oak and Welsh leather doorstop
Speaking afterwards, Hayley said “It was a great honour to have His Royal Highness come here, we are just a little Welsh farm, on the side of a hill in Wales, trying to make a living, the ethos of the business has always been better, rather than bigger, and we hope with this visit we can highlight the superiority of not only our own leather but UK leather as a whole., and how good our own and the UKs not only leather, but animal welfare, and abattoir standards are, a “good” death is as important as a good life, and we need to showcase this amazing, natural, by product for what it is, the best in the world”.
Pictures by Peter WIlliams. Not for reproduction without express permission