HRH The Prince of Wales watched the art of cheese making and met with local farmers from the Yorkshire Dales on his visit last week to the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes.

The visit saw HRH Prince of Wales observe cheese bandaging (wrapping the cheese in cloth), which is part of the hand crafted process of producing the award winning Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese.

Caption 6The tour marked a significant milestone for cheese making at Hawes, with the creamery, who gained European Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status for its internationally renowned Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese, nearing completion of a major £5 million investment in its creamery development.

David Hartley, Managing Director of the 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.”

Yorkshire Wensleydale is now sold all over the world and the creamery proudly sources milk from over 40 local family farms to help ensure the quality and authenticity of its Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese, contributing more than £10 million to the local Dales economy.

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