Hertfordshire

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Duration: 1 hour

The team are in the county of Hertfordshire. When Matt Baker and his family moved to the county 18 months ago, they took on an orchard of 16 apple trees along with their new house. Matt brings in the experts to learn how to look after his new orchard, and discovers what varieties of apples it might hold.

Julia Bradbury is exploring the Hertfordshire countryside, which inspired the world-famous sculptor Henry Moore. His love of the landscape was evident in his work - especially his love of sheep, as Julia soon finds out. Ellie Harrison is also in Hertfordshire. looking at the wildlife hidden in its reservoirs.

The dumping of rubbish on farmland is costing millions of pounds a year in clean-up costs - and damaging the environment. Tom Heap investigates the scale of the problem and finds out what is being done to stamp it out. Adam Henson is away from his farm and in Cornwall, helping to reintroduce sheep to the mystical ruins of Tintagel Castle - not an easy task, as he soon finds out.

  • Matt’s orchard

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    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.

     

    Find out more about Hertfordshire orchards

  • Adam’s legendary sheep drive

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    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.

     

    Find out more about Tintagel

  • Julia at the Henry Moore Foundation

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    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.

     

    Find out more about Henry Moore

     

     

  • Blots on the landscape

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    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.

     

    Find out more about waste crime

  • An unusual place for an apple

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    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.

     

    Find out more about English apples

Credits

Presenter
Matt Baker
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Julia Bradbury
Presenter
Adam Henson
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Ellie Harrison
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan

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