This week, instead of travelling the length and breadth of the country, Matt Baker finds himself much closer to home. Matt and his wife moved to a house in Hertfordshire 18 months ago and in doing so took on the responsibility of around 16 apple trees. As winter draws in Matt has decided it is about time he enlisted the help of some experts to bring his orchard up to scratch. So with the assistance of some four-legged friends, an identification expert and some local tree surgeons, Matt and his family get to work on restoring their lost orchard.
Adam’s legendary sheep drive
Set on the rugged north Cornwall coast, Tintagel Castle is steeped in legend and mystery. It is best known for its myths surrounding King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. These days the historic island is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and to improve the flora, Adam Henson is helping the property manager Matt Ward introduce some rare breed Soay sheep. But the rocky terrain and narrow pathways cut into the cliff - with sheer drops to the sea - make the task of moving them very difficult, especially as the only route onto the island is across a narrow bridge. And, as Adam soon finds out, the sheep seem to prefer rock climbing to a simple walk along the path.
Julia at the Henry Moore Foundation
Nestling in the heart of the Hertfordshire countryside lies Perry Green, the former home of world renowned sculptor Henry Moore. Growing up in Yorkshire and living his life out in Hertfordshire, Moore was a man of the countryside. Proclaiming that “sculpture, is an art of the open air” his works still sit open to the elements at Perry Green. With access to the Henry Moore Foundation for the last time this year, Julia Bradbury finds out what happens to the sculptures over the winter months and learns more about his fascination with that countryside staple, the humble sheep.
Blots on the landscape
Every year hundreds of thousands of illegal waste dumps are discovered in the British countryside. From household rubbish, including kitchen sinks, to industrial waste, such as asbestos, these dumps are not just ugly, they are often dangerous too. Tom Heap investigates the problem and discovers a huge increase in fly-tipping on agricultural land, which farmers have to pay to clean up themselves. Tom also travels to Wales, where they are using the latest technology to help catch waste criminals in the act.
An unusual place for an apple
When you think of the English apple Hertfordshire doesn’t immediately spring to mind, but this week Julia is exploring this rural county and finding out that a few centuries ago it was home to a wealth of small orchards producing an abundance of fruit. Julia meets Tim Elbourn a fifth generation fruit farmer who runs the last remaining commercial orchard in the county and pays a visit to a rare surviving World War I bungalow with a hidden orchard of its very own.
- Matt Baker
- Julia Bradbury
- Adam Henson
- Ellie Harrison
- Series Producer
- Teresa Bogan