Read more about the article Countryfile – Breaking into Farming
Countryfile - Breaking into Farming

Countryfile – Breaking into Farming

Countryfile - Breaking into Farming: Charlotte Smith and Steve Brown are visiting first-time farmers around the country to discover the trials and tribulations of trying to break into the industry. Steve is in Hampshire finding out what made a former marine and a recruitment worker decide to enter the notoriously tough dairy industry. Charlotte is in Worcestershire to discover what made a successful hairdresser ditch the salon to rear a Valais sheep and Wagyu cattle.       In West…

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Read more about the article Countryfile – The UK’s Highest Village in Winter
Countryfile - The UK’s Highest Village in Winter

Countryfile – The UK’s Highest Village in Winter

Countryfile - The UK’s Highest Village in Winter: It’s 60 years since the Big Freeze, one of the coldest winters on record, when even the sea froze over, and rural communities were cut off by blizzards and towering snowdrifts. Anita Rani and Joe Crowley are in Flash, the UK’s highest village, to see how the community coped then and how they brace for winter now. They also find out what sort of weather can be expected in future winters.  …

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Read more about the article Countryfile – Audley End House
Countryfile - Audley End House

Countryfile – Audley End House

Countryfile - Audley End House: John Craven and Charlotte Smith are at Audley End House in Essex, one of the finest Jacobean houses in the UK. They may arrive in grand style but are quickly despatched to the servants’ entrance to roll up their sleeves and muck in with winter cleaning and maintenance. As well as discovering the provenance of some of the house’s eclectic collection of thousands of artefacts, John discovers the intricacies of cleaning delicate seashells while Charlotte…

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Read more about the article Countryfile – Shooting Estate
Countryfile - Shooting Estate

Countryfile – Shooting Estate

Countryfile - Shooting Estate: Love it or hate it, shooting contributes around £2 billion to the rural economy. But it’s a sporting industry under the cosh, as the UK is gripped by the worst ever outbreak of avian flu. Can game bird shoots survive the 21st century? Charlotte explores the 12,500-acre Rhug Estate in north Wales to see what it means to be a traditional shooting estate in the modern world and looks at how it contributes to local business.…

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Read more about the article Countryfile – Rural Heritage
Countryfile - Rural Heritage

Countryfile – Rural Heritage

Countryfile - Rural Heritage: John Craven is at the National Hedgelaying Championships as competitors go chainsaw to chainsaw, billhook to billhook in a bid to claim the coveted title as they set about specific regional styles and work against the clock. John gets a lesson in the Midland Bullock style and finds out why hedgerows are so important to our countryside.       He also discovers the Cornish hedge tradition reckoned to be as old as the pyramids, and…

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