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The team are in Derbyshire. Matt Baker joins a group who have been restoring Chesterfield’s canals, Anita Rani visits Tissington and Steve Brown learns how we can help pollinators.

This week the team are in Derbyshire. Matt Baker joins a group of people who have been restoring Chesterfield’s canals – bringing both employment and life back to the area. Anita Rani is in Tissington – a village owned by the same family for 400 years, but with some very modern ideas about land management and development of an agricultural estate. Anita hears all about the area's industrial past and meets a modern-day knife maker. Steve Brown meets the 'nectar inspectors' and learns how we can all help pollinators by calculating the 'nectar score' in our own back gardens and yards. Tom finds out whether a vision of chemical-free farming could ever become a reality. And Adam and Charlotte meet the first finalist in our search for the Countryfile Farming Hero 2019.

56 minutes

Last on

Tue 4 Jun 2019 02:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:18

    Lalo Schifrin

    Theme from Mission: Impossible

Cuckoo about Canals

Cuckoo about Canals

Matt takes part in a ‘cuckoo boat pull’. 

These boats were particular to the waterways here in Chesterfield.  

Cuckoos didn’t have engines and were horse-drawn along the canal. 

But today pulling the boat is Matt’s job and along the way he meets some of the many volunteers who built the cuckoo boat from scratch.

Chemical-Free Future?

Chemical-Free Future?
Tom investigates whether UK farming could ever go totally chemical-free.The government wants to see pesticides used as a last resort but Tom discovers the amount used has actually risen significantly over the past 25 years.So what are the alternatives? Tom finds out whether new technology could help reduce our reliance on pesticides...

Countryfile Farming Hero awards

Countryfile Farming Hero awards
Adam and Charlotte visit the first of the three finalists in this year's Countryfile Farming Hero awards.It's part of the BBC's Food and Farming awards and celebrates those who live and work in the countryside - and give something back to their rural communities.This week they travel to Cumbria to meet 26-year-old farmer Sian Jordan.Sian, who is paralysed from the waist down, has overcome huge challenges to realise her dream of farming the land. 

Nectar Inspector

Nectar Inspector
Steve visits the Chatsworth Estate exploring how our lawns can help our bee population.  
Conservation charity Plantlife is running a survey called No Mow May this Bank Holiday weekend and Steve shows us how it’s done. 
We also learn a few facts about bumblebees.More on the Plantlife survey  


Role Contributor
Presenter Matt Baker
Presenter Anita Rani
Presenter Steve Brown
Presenter Tom Heap
Presenter Adam Henson
Presenter Charlotte Smith
Executive Producer William Lyons
Series Producer Joanna Brame