16/10/2011

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Duration: 1 hour

Ellie Harrison and Matt Baker explore the Lincolnshire Fens. Matt finds out how the vast flat landscape lends itself to farming on an industrial scale, while Ellie discovers the secret of making the perfect Lincolnshire sausage.

John Craven investigates the impact of a massive growth in wind farms across the UK. And, on his farm, Adam is supporting traditional rural skills by hosting the Cotswolds annual dry-stone walling competition.

IN THE WIND FARM FILM, CONSTRUCTION FOOTAGE IS OF SEAJACKS LEVIATHAN INSTALLING WIND TURBINES AT GREATER GABBARD. THIS MATERIAL IS USED COURTESY OF CHPV OFFSHORE ENERGY MEDIA SERVICE AND SEAJACKS UK, GREAT YARMOUTH.

  • WINTER HARVESTING

    WINTER HARVESTING

    This week on Countryfile, Matt Baker and Ellie Harrison are exploring the vast fertile fens of Lincolnshire. Much of today’s farmland once lay on the seabed, making the soil some of the richest in the country.

    First stop on the trail for Matt is Robin Buck’s farm where they’re harvesting into the autumn to produce our winter veg. Matt turns his hand to celeriac farming, test-driving a half a million pound state of the art harvester.

    TRY OUT SOME CELERIAC RECIPES
  • LINCOLNSHIRE’S BIRDLIFE

    LINCOLNSHIRE’S BIRDLIFE

    The mud flats of the Lincolnshire Wash are a haven for birds during the winter months. Ellie joins the RSPB for one of the highest tides of the year, to catch the spectacle as thousands of waders head out to feed with the ebbing tide.

    Further inland, the grassy corridors, ditches and dykes separating the intensively farmed fields are home to a thriving barn owl population. Ellie helps barn owl specialist Colin Shawyer ring and weigh this year’s second brood of chicks.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BARN OWL CONSERVATION
  • NORTH SEA CAMP

    NORTH SEA CAMP

    Perched on the edge of the Lincolnshire wash, a tract of fertile land is being farmed by some rather unconventional farmers. North Sea Camp is an open prison, home to some 350 inmates, many of whom have spent decades behind bars. Katie Knapman visits the farm and meets a couple of the inmates, to see how this rehabilitation work could help earn them their ticket to freedom.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT NORTH SEA CAMP
  • LINCOLNSHIRE SAUSAGES

    LINCOLNSHIRE SAUSAGES

    When it comes to putting food on our plates Lincolnshire’s got more to offer than just the fruits of its fertile soils – it also has a thriving pork industry. Ellie’s in search of how to make a true Lincolnshire sausage, starting at Jane and Terry Tomlinson’s free range pig farm where she meets the latest batch of piglets. Local chef Rachel Green divulges her family’s secret sausage recipe and gives Ellie a go on her hand crank sausage grinder!

    TRY OUT SOME LINCOLNSHIRE SAUSAGE RECIPES
  • SLEAFORD FARMERS' MARKET

    SLEAFORD FARMERS' MARKET

    IMAGE: Matt with a local at Sleaford Market

    Matt joins the crowds at Sleaford farmers’ market on ‘Lincolnshire Day’ for a lesson in the local dialect. He also gets the chance to see what the locals make of the plan to get the Lincolnshire sausage protected status under European law.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SLEAFORD MARKET
  • JOHN CRAVEN INVESTIGATES WIND FARMS

    JOHN CRAVEN INVESTIGATES WIND FARMS

    In the next decade Britain could see hundreds, if not thousands, of new wind turbines springing up on land and around the coast. On the week's Countryfile John Craven investigates this so-called "wind boom". He'll be finding out whether the national grid can cope with a massive increase in this relatively new form of power. John will also be asking who the winners and losers will be - from the companies building them to the households that paying the electricity bills.

    IN THIS FILM CONSTRUCTION FOOTAGE IS OF SEAJACKS LEVIATHAN INSTALLING WIND TURBINES AT GREATER GABBARD. THIS MATERIAL IS USED COURTESY OF CHPV OFFSHORE ENERGY MEDIA SERVICE AND SEAJACKS UK, GREAT YARMOUTH.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT PRESENT AND FUTURE WINDFARMS
  • ADAM'S FARM DRY STONE WALLING

    ADAM'S FARM DRY STONE WALLING

    The Cotswolds are well known for their gentle hillsides and honey coloured limestone. This week Adam’s farm is hosting a competition that couldn’t do without them.

    The 10th anniversary of the Cotswold Dry Stone Walling competition, had participants taking part from all over the UK. Adam learns a few trade secrets in the lead up to protecting his livestock over winter on the farm.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT DRY STONE WALLING

Credits

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Matt Baker
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Matt Baker
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Ellie Harrison
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Ellie Harrison
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Adam Henson
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Adam Henson
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John Craven
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John Craven

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