BURTON’S representatives for the National Hedgelaying Society were rewarded for their efforts with a visit to the Royal Palace this week.
Geoff Key and his wife Chris have been members of the society since it was founded and regularly attend competitions and events.
Prince Charles himself is also a patron of the society.
The couple, of Hatton, were greeted at the official residence of the Queen before enjoying a spot of tea and a walk around the gardens.
Chris said: “It was a very nice and special day for us.
“It’s not very often you get the chance to go to the palace.
“It’s also very nice to know that what you’re doing is being appreciated and your work is being recognised.”
The Keys also got an invitation to visit Prince Charles’ own farm earlier this year.
Chris added: “I said to him that I had been told to write a poem for the National Hedgelaying Society newsletter about the day and he replied ‘Oh, you must’, as he always has a newsletter sent to him.
“He’s such a lovely gentleman”.