Forest of Dean
In the Forest of Dean, Matt Baker is on the hunt for the elusive adder, while Margherita Taylor meets a local brass band and visits Puzzlewood.
This week Countryfile is in the Forest of Dean. Matt Baker hunts for the elusive adder and finds out about a project in the forest that is teaching locals heritage crafts. Margherita Taylor meets the brass band making a big noise in the area, and she also explores the extraordinary Puzzlewood to discover how a landscape like this is protected. Adam Henson is on his farm, keeping everything crossed as Lexie, his Suffolk Punch mare, gets a pregnancy scan, and Charlotte investigates whether enough is being done on the ground when it comes to boosting the number of trees across the UK.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
The Forest of Dean is one of Britain’s greatest wooded landscapes and a sanctuary for all sorts of life.
Matt visits the heart of the Forest, near Coleford, where a new project has been set up that focuses on everything that makes the area special.
It's called Foresters' Forest, a partnership of conservation bodies, local councils and community groups, all helping preserve the forest's heritage and wildlife.
Matt meets up with Kate Wollen from Forestry England and her team of volunteers, who are building a hibernaculum – a winter retreat for sleeping animals.
The people here come from all walks of life to learn those traditional skills.
And there's lots to learn, including woodworking, blacksmithing, spinning and furniture-making.
But how will Matt get on trying his hand at one of the oldest crafts: tanning?
|Series Producer||Joanna Brame|
|Executive Producer||William Lyons|