25/03/2012

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Duration: 1 hour

Julia Bradbury and Matt Baker are in Middle England finding out what rural Leicestershire has to offer. Matt meets two young sisters who are keeping the family farming tradition alive. Julia heads over the border to Rutland to discover why wild birds need protection from the local otters, before sampling some of Leicestershire's finest foods.

John Craven visits some of the driest parts of Britain to find out who the droughts are hurting the most. And, now the weather seems to be getting warmer, Adam Henson's letting some of his cattle out of their winter housing and back into the fields - much to their delight.

Last on

Mon 2 Apr 2012 00:30 BBC One Northern Ireland only

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  • Matt Meets The Farming Sisters

    Matt Meets The Farming Sisters

    Rectory Farm sits on the border of Leicestershire and Rutland, right next to the beautiful Eyebrook Reservoir. On this week’s show, Matt Baker visits the farm to help out sisters Fay & Abigail Johnson who are taking over the family business. He gets stuck in with lambing and fertilising the farm’s arable fields. Matt also learns how the sisters, and their father before them, have turned this stunning farm into a wildlife haven.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE EYEBROOK RESERVOIR
  • Julia In The Rural Capital Of Food

    Julia In The Rural Capital Of Food

    Julia Bradbury discovers a taste sensation whilst sampling the culinary delights of the Melton Mowbray area. Recently credited as being the ‘Rural Capital of Food’ the area certainly seems to live up to this accolade. Julia’s journey around the East Midlands takes her from the smallest Stilton dairy to an award-winning bakery and culminates with a family picnic.

    IMAGE: Matt joins three generations of the Bradbury family for a picnic.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE MELTON MOWBRAY AREA
  • Willow Growing And Sculpture

    Willow Growing And Sculpture

    After a long career working in the city, Annette Bridges decided to give it all up to live the good life. With no experience she set about creating a thriving cottage industry growing willow. Ellie Harrison meets Annette and follows the journey of her willow to a typical customer, Leicestershire artist Tom Hare. There she discovers how he uses this versatile material in his internationally exhibited sculptures. Finally they head to Twycross Zoo – where the willow finds an unexpected audience.

    SEE MORE OF TOM’S WILLOW SCULPTURES
  • John Investigates The Water Shortage

    John Investigates The Water Shortage

    Much of Britain is facing the worst droughts for more than thirty years, but as John Craven discovers, some will suffer more than others. The 1976 water shortage meant people had to share baths, leave toilets unflushed and even use standpipes in the street. This year the worst that most households will face is a hosepipe ban. But it’s a different story for farmers, with thousands not getting enough water for their crops.

    TIPS FOR USING LESS WATER
  • Rutland Water

    Rutland Water

    The reservoirs of Rutland Water are a playground for both visitors and wildlife alike. Julia goes along to meet Tim Appleton who has led a pioneering lagoon project which has only recently been completed. She discovers how a new type of land management has preserved the precious wildlife habitats and saved the wildlife reserve from the current drought. Julia also experiences the delights of the rich and varied wildlife that it supports.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT RUTLAND WATER
  • Back In The Fields On Adam’s Farm

    Back In The Fields On Adam’s Farm

    Lambing season is getting underway on the farm, but it’s not all plain sailing for Adam. The first lambs to arrive are often premature and take some extra care and attention. Meanwhile, out in the fields, the changing seasons mean many of the cattle can move to their summer pastures. For the ones who’ve been inside all winter, it’s a real breath of fresh air!

Credits

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

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