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Charles meets his new neighbours
Prince Charles at Carmarthen station
Prince Charles was greeted by schoolchildren, scouts and guides
The Prince of Wales has met some of his new neighbours during a visit to the small village that borders his Welsh country home.

Charles' estate bought Llwynywormwood in Carmarthenshire as a base for when he and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Wales.

He ended a series of engagements by stopping off at nearby Myddfai for tea and Welsh cakes with villagers.

Earlier he visited the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

He arrived in Carmarthenshire by train and was greeted at Carmarthen station by local schoolchildren, scouts and guides.

The prince then went to the gardens at Llanarthne, where he spent an hour being shown around and discussing new projects planned for the attraction.

He told guests he was delighted visitor numbers were recovering following financial difficulties several years ago.

He also spent time speaking to children from Llandeilo Primary School who were there digging a market garden. He told them how important he felt it was children knew where the food they ate came from.

Prince Charles
The prince enjoyed tea and Welsh cakes in Myddfai

At Myddfai he was given a warm welcome by villagers.

His new property Llwynywormwood is a former coach house set in the grounds of a ruined mansion.

Overlooking an 18th Century county park, it includes 40 acres of woodland, a walled garden and the remains of a lake.

Prince Charles was reported to be keen to take advantage of local expertise when renovating the property and hoped the work could be used as an opportunity to train young people.

Contracts were exchanged last November, and Clarence House said the property may be let to holidaymakers when the prince and duchess were not there.

Sandra Beard, clerk to the community council in Myddfai said villagers were "really excited" to meet their new neighbour.

"Some of the older ones are really excited about it - he's the talk of the village," she said.

"It's lovely because it has brought a sparkle back into the village. People are really looking forward to making him welcome."

Describing Myddfai as close-knit, Mrs Beard said most of the villagers were first language Welsh-speakers and were very friendly.


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