A CAERPHILLY family are now trading with royalty on two continents.

While former miner Mark Roberts has been supplying his exclusive dovecotes to Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai, his stepson Chris Evans has been supplying Prince Charles’ Highgrove shops with beehive style post boxes.

Both were at last weekend’s RHS Malvern Spring Festival doing a brisk trade among the thousands of visitors.

Mr Roberts, 56, of Aneurin Bevan Avenue, Gelligaer set up his dovecote business after he left the mining industry.

He said: “Sheikh Mohammed bought eight of the dovecotes for the grounds of his Newmarket stud farm.

“Then he asked for two more to send out to Dubai which were sent by special courier to his palace in Dubai and we were very proud of that.

“We also made a dovecote for Sir Clive Woodward, the former English rugby team boss, as an anniversary gift from his wife. Now I am also making models of Gloucester Old Spot pigs and bears for the garden,” he added.

Stepson Mr Evans, 33, embarked on his own business ladder, produced a wide range of wooden garden accessories including beehive style post boxes and bin stores.

Father of two Chris who lives at Phoenix Way Penallta is a fabricator welder by trade but enjoyed working with Mark and decided to set up his own business Bespoke Garden Products.

“I enjoyed going to the shows with Mark so did some courses and I have just supplied four beehive style post boxes for the Highgrove shops.

“Our main business is in London supplying bin stores and I have a 12 week waiting list,” he added.

The four-day Malvern spectacular featured everything from garden design and plant stalls to food and drink and even a vintage car display.