Countryfile: Hidden Treasures of Wanlockhead (BBC One, Sunday 16 June 2024)

Countryfile

The picturesque village of Wanlockhead, nestled in the lofty hills of Dumfries and Galloway, takes centre stage in this episode of Countryfile, airing on BBC One on Sunday, 16 June 2024. Presenters Sammi Kinghorn and Sean Fletcher embark on a journey to uncover the natural riches and hidden treasures of this enchanting Scottish locale, renowned as the highest village in the country.

Sean Fletcher explores the village’s fascinating history, learning how its fortunes were intimately tied to the mineral-rich land that surrounds it. He even tries his hand at gold panning in a local waterway, seeking his own fortune. Turning his eyes skyward, Sean also monitors populations of golden eagles and constructs an eyrie for these majestic birds, with the enthusiastic assistance of local schoolchildren.

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Meanwhile, Sammi Kinghorn visits Crawick Multiverse, an imaginative ‘artland’ that reflects the cosmos. Located in an area celebrated for its dark skies, Crawick Multiverse offers a unique perspective on the intersection of nature and art. Sammi’s exploration leads her to a nearby community observatory, where she discovers intriguing connections between the stars and the gold hidden within the earth.

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This episode also features Adam Henson, who invites viewers to his farm in the Cotswolds. Here, he shares the challenges he faces in his efforts to adopt a more nature-friendly approach to farming, including his ongoing battle with black grass. Additionally, Tom Heap poses an important question: is becoming a ‘megafarm’ the key to survival for some farmers?

Countryfile: Hidden Treasures of Wanlockhead airs on Sunday, 16 June 2024, at 6:00 pm on BBC One.

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