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The Cornwall Heathland Project
Friday 8 October
Yvonne Ellis visits the 30 square miles of china clay extraction to the north of St Austell where a partnership is being forged between the mining industry, the county council and English Nature.
This is the largest heathland restoration initiative of its kind in Europe. After oil, china clay is the UK's biggest mineral export with a wide range of uses, from fine porcelain to the gloss on magazines. Yet in spite of its great economic value its waste products have a huge environmental impact on local communities.
Next week on Changing Places:
The Hemp Revival.
Friday 15 October
Hemp, with its narcotic properties bred out, is re-emerging as a versatile and profitable crop. The fibres can be used as an alternative to cotton and as filler for car door panels, whilst the oil from its seeds is used in foods and even as the slip agent in plastic bags making them easier to open! Yvonne Ellis meets Cliff Spencer of Springdale Crop Synergies near York who is now growing hemp and other non-food crops, finding them to be beneficial to wildlife as well as having the potential to rejuvenate the rural economy.