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Open Country
Sat  6.10 - 6.35am
Thurs 1.30 - 2.00pm (rpt)
Local people making their corner of rural Britain unique
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Saturday 29 December
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Kielder Water and Forest
Helen Mark visits Kielder in Northumberland, 25 years after the vast reservoir was built.
Kielder Water is Europe's largest man-made lake, and its creation was controversial.  It was constructed to service the industry in Teesside, but just as the dam was being built, that industry was in decline. A valley was flooded and people lost their homes to a project which was derided as a white elephant. Twenty five years on, Helen Mark finds out whether the scars in the landscape have healed, and whether the new man-made landscape has been a success for local people and the environment.

Jonty Hall from Northumbrian Water recalls a big moment in his childhood - pressing the button to open the sluice gates for the first time; Yvonne Riley recalls life before the lake, when she lived in the valley; Helen is taken deep into Kielder forest by naturalist Gordon Simpson, and Peter Sharpe and Gary Fildes introduce the art buried deep in the forest, and the latest building at Kielder - the observatory.

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