THE Prince of Wales has taken a tour of a 'ground-breaking' green energy plant today, on his first public visit to Dorset in more than a year.

His Royal Highness Prince Charles has returned to Poundbury and visited Rainbarrow Farm to view an anaerobic digestion plant and officially open BioCarbonics, a green carbon dioxide energy supplier for use by the food and drink and horticultural industry.

Today, the Prince, who usually visits his Poundbury estate twice a year, returned publically for the first time since December 2019.

Prince Charles met with board members from J V Energen, a joint venture partnership between the Duchy of Cornwall, local famers and agricultural consultants Active Business Partnership.

He took a tour of Rainbarrow Farm, the UK's first commercial biomethane-to-grid plant which generates enough gas to reach more than 100,000 houses in summer, to see the new BioCarbonics plant and to meet site staff who have been instrumental in the project's success.

He also unveiled a plaque to officially open the BioCarbonics joint venture.