23/10/2011

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Duration: 1 hour

Matt Baker and Ellie Harrison go behind-the-scenes at Slindon in Sussex to reveal how two very different traditions are helping keep the picturesque village alive after it lost its pub, post office and local shop.

Tom Heap investigates what impact plans to build hundreds of miles of new power lines will have on Britain's countryside. And Adam looks into an initiative to encourage more wildlife on his farm.

Last on

Wed 2 Nov 2011 00:15 BBC One Northern Ireland only

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  • Slindon Pumpkin Festival

    Slindon Pumpkin Festival

    Matt and Ellie are exploring the picturesque village of Slindon, discovering how a unique festival has gone from strength to strength. Some unusual squashes now help bring in much needed visitors and income. Matt learns to cook some interesting recipes whilst Ellie learns what can be done to help this archetypal Sussex village. It may look pretty, but Slindon has recently lost its pub, shop and post office.

    IMAGE: Matt learns about squashes with Rosemary Moon

    SQUASH AND PUMPKIN RECIPES
  • Restoring River Wiggles

    Restoring River Wiggles

    Ellie is at Knepp Castle Estate near West Grinstead learning how ones man’s passion for ecology is changing the face of the local landscape. She discovers how the unusual ‘re-wilding’ project is also improving the condition of the River Adur. Ellie also learns that restoring the natural meanders will greatly improve local wildlife habitats whilst helping reduce the wider risk of flooding.

    IMAGE: Ellie with Charlie Burrell on a Sussex safari

    FIND OUT ABOUT THE RIVER ADUR RESTORATION PROJECT
  • Eco-Home Sweet Home

    Eco-Home Sweet Home

    Katie has travelled over the border to Swan Barn Farm in Surrey where the National Trust is putting the finishing touches to a brand new eco-house. It’s hoped the house will attract long term volunteers who cannot afford to live nearby in Haslemere. Katie learns the importance of using local materials from designer & contractor Ben Law, whose own oak house in the woods has already been featured on television.

    IMAGE: Katie on the roof with Ben Law

    KEEP UP WITH PROGRESS AT SWAN BARN FARM
  • Tom Heap Investigates: Pylons

    Tom Heap Investigates: Pylons

    Tom Heap heads to Wales to find out about plans to build hundreds of miles of new pylons across Britain. The pylons, and the power lines they carry, are needed to take electricity from new energy sources on the coast, such as wind turbines. The plans are controversial, and Tom meets people who think they’ll be a blight on the countryside. But is there any alternative?

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE PLANS FOR NEW POWER LINES
  • England’s Oldest Village Cricket Team?

    England’s Oldest Village Cricket Team?

    Matt and Ellie head down to the common with some treats from a local cook for a cricket tea. Matt dons his whites and takes to the field - with an unusual bat. Meanwhile Ellie is finding out if there is any truth in the rumour that Slindon Cricket Club is the oldest club in England still playing.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF SLINDON CRICKET
  • Adam’s Farm: Higher Level Stewardship

    Adam’s Farm: Higher Level Stewardship

    This week wildlife is at the top of Adam’s agenda. He is looking into Higher Level Stewardship (HLS), as he aims to improve the environment for wildlife on his farm. Adam and his business partner Duncan Andrews meet up with farmer David White at his farm on the Marlborough Downs. David already farms under this stewardship and has a passion for the wildlife – so he’s the perfect person to give Adam some tips.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HIGHER LEVEL STEWARDSHIP

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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John Craven
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John Craven
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Adam Henson
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Adam Henson

Broadcasts

  • Sun 23 Oct 2011 18:25 BBC One except East, North East & Cumbria, North West, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, West Midlands, Yorks & Lincs

  • Fri 28 Oct 2011 00:55 BBC One except Northern Ireland

  • Wed 2 Nov 2011 00:15 BBC One Northern Ireland only

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