06/05/2012

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Duration: 1 hour

Adam Henson and Ellie Harrison head to Derbyshire. Adam is on the Renishaw Hall Estate. He finds out about the fascinating history of the house and gardens. He also helps to plant a thousand new red grapevines in the estate's vineyard; once the most northerly vineyard in the country. Ellie is in the Peak District National Park where ground-nesting birds, especially the lapwing, are under threat. By laying motion-triggered cameras she finds out who, or what, is disturbing the birds and stealing the eggs. She is also in a Bakewell churchyard where archaeologists have discovered evidence of a potentially ancient cathedral which would have been built on the site hundreds of years before the current building. She reveals the carbon testing results to the experts responsible for the dig. Tom Heap looks at new research that seems to show a link between a dramatic fall in bee numbers, and the use of certain pesticides. Adam Henson is also on his farm in the Cotswolds where he introduces us to Eric the bull's Highland calf and he shows a bunch of kids how their supermarket chicken is reared.

  • Heavy Horses And Lapwings

    Heavy Horses And Lapwings

    Ellie Harrison discovers the joy of travelling by horse and trap when she joins Peakland farmer, Sheilagh Prince for a ride in the heart of the Peak District. But horses aren’t the only creatures to have made their home at Sheilagh’s farm. Lapwings are native wading birds that nest at ground level, leaving them vulnerable to predators. The number of lapwings has declined by nearly 85% since the 1980s. Ellie meets Sara Barrett and Richard Blindell who have been using special cameras to learn more about the precious birds.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT LAPWINGS IN THE PEAKS
  • Adam Visits Renishaw Hall

    Adam Visits Renishaw Hall

    Renishaw Hall in north-east Derbyshire has been owned by the same family for 400 years. It was built by a local ironmaster and was a green oasis surrounded by heavy industry. Adam Henson discovers the history of the hall and the generations of Sitwell family that have lived there. He also gets to explore the grounds and gardens.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT RENISHAW HALL
  • Tom Investigates The Decline Of Bees

    Tom Investigates The Decline Of Bees

    New research has connected the use of certain types of pesticide to the dramatic fall in bee numbers across the UK. It’s a particular problem as bees pollinate around a third of the crops on British farms. The trouble is, if we didn’t use pesticides, then it is estimated that we could lose the same amount of produce through insect damage and disease. So, where do we go from here? Tom Heap’s been investigating.

    IMAGE: Tom and the team preparing to film some bees.

  • Skeletons In A Churchyard

    Skeletons In A Churchyard

    Ellie goes digging around to discover whether the stories surrounding Bakewell Minster are more than just a legend. More than 1200 years ago, the north of England was a place of Pagan tribes, each with their own rules and beliefs. It was Christianity that eventually brought those tribes together to form the nation of England as we know it. Legend has it, that the market town of Bakewell was the hub of religious power at that time. Ellie goes on a mission to uncover key pieces of evidence, including decorated stone crosses, mysterious skeletons and ancient trackways. And for the first time, Ellie reveals the results of carbon-dating results that could unlock the mystery of the minster.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT
  • The Kinder Scout Trespass

    The Kinder Scout Trespass

    In 1932 a group of protestors headed onto Kinder Scout, Derbyshire’s highest peak, to deliberately trespass in protest at the lack of access the public had to much of Britain’s countryside. When several were arrested and later jailed, they became martyrs for the ‘right to roam’ movement. Katie Knapman follows in their footsteps to find out about their legacy.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE KINDER SCOUT TRESPASS
  • Renishaw Vineyard

    Renishaw Vineyard

    Forty years ago the then-owner of Renishaw Hall took inspiration from his other home in Tuscany to create a vineyard. At the time it was the most northerly in the world. Now it is in the hands of Kieron Atkinson, who until recently was serving with the army in Afghanistan. Adam helps Kieron with his new project – planting vines to create the estate’s first red wine.

  • Adam’s Farm

    Adam’s Farm

    This week it’s a particularly proud moment for Adam as he welcomes the arrival of two cute and beautiful female calves fathered by his magnificent bull Eric.

    Adam also heads to a large scale chicken farm, where school children get the chance to see where their food actually comes from.

Credits

Presenter
Ellie Harrison
Presenter
Ellie Harrison
Presenter
Tom Heap
Presenter
Tom Heap
Presenter
Adam Henson
Presenter
Adam Henson
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan

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