Ellie Harrison and Matt Baker are in Gloucestershire looking at life in the county ten years on from the hunting ban. Matt visits the oldest pack of foxhounds in the country and finds out that the best way to exercise them is to jump on a bike and pedal like mad! He also helps carry out a health check on the deer at Berkeley Castle. Ellie visits the new services on the M5 and finds how they're redefining motorway services for the 21st century. She then meets the local producers supplying the services with gourmet food products.
John Craven takes a look at Woodchester Mansion, a relic of Victorian architecture which was never finished but is now home to rare horseshoe bats. Tom Heap takes a look at the pros and cons of the hunting ban and hears from people on both sides of the debate. And Adam's rounding up sheep on the sand dunes in Merseyside.
Wild flower seeds
Thank you to everyone who applied for the wild flower seed packs. We had a huge demand for the packs and all 230,000 have now been allocated. Sorry if you were not able to get a free pack yourself, but if you still want to grow wild flowers you should be able to buy similar packets of seeds at your local garden centre.
Tom meets Princess Anne
On this week’s Countryfile, Tom Heap is at Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire to meet Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal. The Princess has run her estate here as a working farm for nearly forty years and tells Tom what brought her into agriculture and how she has to make the land pay its own way. The interview also reveals how Princess Anne feels about many of the big rural issues. She shares her views on genetically modified food, the importance of continuing to produce rare breeds and the management of bovine TB in the UK. Plus Tom gets a rare insight into her life on the estate and meets ‘Annie’, an abandoned horse that the Princess has found a home for.
John on the Laurie Lee trail
John Craven is exploring one of Gloucestershire’s worst kept secrets! The Slad Valley. The writer Laurie Lee immortalised his rural childhood home here when he wrote his most famous work, Cider with Rosie. 100 years since his birth John meets Laurie’s daughter to find out more about the man and his love of this beautiful landscape. He then helps Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust as they pick 10 top spots for posts which will be markers for a walk through the valley, each one featuring Laurie’s lesser-known poetry.
Adam’s Gloucester goodies
This week Adam Henson is on home turf with his own rare breeds of pig, sheep and cattle. Then he goes to meet someone who is just as passionate about these types of farm animal. Around 40 years ago, Gloucester Cattle were almost extinct, but thanks to a handful of passionate farmers the breed was saved. Adam visits Charles Martell who bought his first cattle with a view to reinstating the famous farmhouse Double and Single Gloucester cheeses back in the 1970s. He still makes it to this day, following an ancient recipe and using milk from his own herd. Adam attempts the historic, and rather unusual, method of testing if the cheese is any good - by walking on it!
|Series Producer||Teresa Bogan|