The Duchess of Cambridge visited Wick Court in Gloucester today, where she helped feed the spring lambs, plant vegetables and was even treated to a story from author Michael Morpurgo.
The Duchess spent the day with schoolchildren staying at a working farm, whose aim, as part of Farms for City Children, is to provide children the opportunity to experience life on a farm. The organisation was founded by Michael and Clare Morpurgo in 1976 and Wick Court was opened to children in 1998.
Kate spoke with children from Vauxhall Primary School, and spoke of her rural home in Norfolk. She revealed the Cambridge family have five chickens, a lamb and an incubator full of eggs to hatch chicks.
‘Stinky’ the lamb got a feed from The Duchess of Cambridge, who gave him a bottle of milk. Tasks for Catherine also included helping plant onions, tend to a chicken coop and pot vegetable plants, as well as trying her hand at pig weighing.
Three working farms from the organisation welcome around 3,200 children and 400 teachers per year.
Following the hard work, the Duchess tucked in private lunch with the children and staff and then joined a story-time session led by Morpurgo.
The visit ended with a short tea party, where Her Royal Highness will meet with volunteers, staff and trustees.