11/03/2012

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Duration: 1 hour

Matt Baker and Julia Bradbury explore North Kent. It may be known as the Garden of England, but Julia discovers there is more to this place than its apples and pears. Savvy food producers are finding there is a taste here for all sorts of food, like snails. She meets a snail breeder and a woman hoping to put snails on the map of Kent produce. While Julia samples the area's slimy delights, Matt is in the woods, where the locals are finding out new ways to make the trees pay.

Elsewhere, John Craven investigates the impact everyday foods have on the environment, and reveals some of the worst offenders. Down on the farm, Adam has his hands full as he readies his farm for spring.

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Thu 22 Mar 2012 01:10 BBC One Northern Ireland only

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  • Eating Snails

    Eating Snails

    Julia Bradbury is surveying the Ash Levels with Kent Wildlife Trust. They’re looking for a tiny species of water snail, vital to Kent’s biodiversity, which thrives on the farming methods used in the marshes. While Kent may be known as the garden of England there’s more to the area than apples and pears. Savvy food producers are discovering that new tastes are emerging and another type of snail – our everyday garden snail – is very much back on the menu. But will Julia manage to stomach a snail pizza?

    READ ABOUT THE DAY-TO-DAY LIFE OF A SNAIL FARMER
  • The Pilgrim’s Way

    The Pilgrim’s Way

    If you know your Chaucer, you’ll be familiar with the idea of a pilgrimage to Canterbury. But was there ever a single, dedicated Pilgrim’s Way? Ellie Harrison is on the hunt for the trail. She learns what the journey was like for those seeking solace, healing and redemption by reaching the majestic Canterbury Cathedral.

    FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE PILGRIMS
  • Matt, Julia And The Goats

    Matt, Julia And The Goats

    Goat dairying is on the increase in the UK as more of us enjoy their cheese and milk. Matt is on a farm where alternative medicines are used to help relieve a spot of arthritis in the herd. But while we know that goats are delightfully inquisitive creatures, do we know how intelligent they really are? Julia Bradbury helps a group of researchers test a few theories on the residents of Buttercups Goat Sanctuary, with some truly remarkable results.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE SANCTUARY
  • John Investigates The Carbon Footprint of Food

    John Investigates The Carbon Footprint of Food

    Most of us realise the environmental impact that we are having when heating our house or driving our car. But what about the effect of the food we buy? For Climate Week, we’re being challenged to lower the carbon footprint of the things that we eat. So, John Craven joins a typical family to find out which foods have the biggest impact on the environment - with some surprising results.

    FIND OUR MORE ABOUT CLIMATE WEEK
  • Adam’s Farm

    Adam’s Farm

    As spring beckons, Adam needs to prepare his arable land for the growing season. His crops all need to be treated with fertiliser, but the job can only be done if the weather conditions are right. As soon as they are, it’s all systems go! Meanwhile Adam’s also got to make tough decisions about his young rare breed rams, as only some of them will make the grade as breeding stock.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WHAT NEEDS DOING WHEN
  • Woodland Coppicing

    Kent is covered with trees and not just of the orchard variety. More than a fifth of the Kent countryside is woodland, harking back to the days when trees were at the centre of a thriving rural industry. Matt Baker gets stuck in with the people who are once again making the trees pay. They are reinvigorating their sweet chestnut coppices and providing renewable fuel for local businesses and schools. He also discovers that a dull axe isn’t as useless as it sounds when it comes to the traditional craft of pale-making.

    LEARN MORE ABOUT KENT’S WOODFUEL PATHFINDER PROJECT

Credits

Presenter
Matt Baker
Presenter
Matt Baker
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Julia Bradbury
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Julia Bradbury
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John Craven
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John Craven
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Adam Henson
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Adam Henson
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan

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