08/07/2012

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Duration: 1 hour

Countryfile comes from a beautiful corner of the Garden of England, the Kent hills. Ellie Harrison follows in the footsteps of Octavia Hill, social reformer and founder of the National Trust. John Craven finds out more about this remarkable woman, who fell in love with the Kent countryside and fought to preserve it.

High in the canopy, John also discovers what is being done to protect and preserve one of the unsung stars of the plant world - conifers. With her feet firmly on the ground, Ellie samples the perfect pint with the help of some Kentish hops, while Tom Heap investigates the fate of our village pubs; they have been at the heart of rural life for centuries but in the last few decades they have gone into an almost terminal decline. So, is there anything we can do to stop the rot?

And down on the farm, Adam has been set a challenge. He is out to find some rare Dorset horn sheep for a celebrity friend! Will he persuade Kate Humble to part with her money?

  • John On Octavia Hill

    John On Octavia Hill

    John Craven takes a walk around Toy’s Hill, an area once home to one of our most important social reformers. Octavia Hill is often forgotten despite the gift she gave our country, The National Trust. John takes a walk with Gillian Darnley, Octavia’s biographer, to learn more about the woman and the impact she has on our lives today. John also joins a group from the National Trust and a local housing association who are working together to continue her legacy.

    Image courtesy of the National Trust.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OCTAVIA HILL
  • The Art Of Chartwell

    The Art Of Chartwell

    Ellie Harrison is walking through the landscape that inspired Octavia Hill, but Octavia wasn’t the only great person enthused by the breathtaking views from the Three Kentish Hills. Winston Churchill also fell in love with the area and made his home at Chartwell. Ellie meets with Helen Moulsley from the National Trust and discovers that a leader, most famous for his defence of a nation, had a creative side as well. Ellie also meets with children from Crockham Hill Primary School as they learn all about their famous neighbour.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CHARTWELL
  • Bedgebury Pinetum

    Bedgebury Pinetum

    John visits Bedgebury Pinetum, one of the world’s most extensive collections of conifers. The site isn’t purely for people’s enjoyment, Bedgebury is an important refuge for endangered trees. Its avid ‘tree hunters’ travel around the world to collect samples for conservation. John also meets Pearl Bostock a local artist who has turned her passion for art into a useful tool for recording the collection.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BEDGEBURY PINETUM
  • Tom And The Village Pub

    Tom And The Village Pub

    In recent decades the village pub has gone into an almost terminal decline. These days four are closing every week, taking with them a vital social centre for the community. So what is going wrong? And is there anything that can done to stop more pubs calling time? Tom Heap visits two villages in Derbyshire to find out.

    FIND HELP FOR STRUGGLING RURAL PUBS
  • Adam Shops For Dorset Horn Sheep

    Adam Shops For Dorset Horn Sheep

    Adam meets up with farming friend Kate Humble and helps her shop for some Dorset Horn Sheep. These are a great breed for smallholdings as they are placid, easy to handle, adaptable to any climate or altitude and produce a wonderful fleece and tender meat. One of their best attributes is that they are the only native breed that can lamb at anytime of the year. The ewes can produce lambs frequently, three times in two years. So can Adam find the right ones for Kate?

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT DORSET HORN SHEEP
  • Ellie Tries Kentish Ale

    Ellie Tries Kentish Ale

    Kentish Ale is renowned for its quality and taste and it is difficult to walk through the county without seeing the distinctive shape of an oast house – where hops are dried for brewing. Ellie visits Westerham Brewery at the foot of Mariners Hill to find out how this local ale is not only steeped in tradition but is also full of new ideas. And it would be rude not to have a little taste whist she is passing through!

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT KENTISH ALE
  • Ellie's Moth Photos

    Ellie's Moth Photos

    Ellie meets with Jake Everitt, a ranger and avid photographer. Jake shows her how something as fun as moth trapping can be a perfect opportunity to take a ‘walk on the wild side’. Cameras at the ready! For details about this year’s photographic competition visit the main Countryfile page.

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Credits

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John Craven
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John Craven
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Ellie Harrison
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Ellie Harrison
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Tom Heap
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Tom Heap
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Adam Henson
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Adam Henson
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan

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