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Countryfile: Somerset Willow Harvest (BBC One Sunday 28 January 2024)

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On Sunday 28 January 2024 at 6.00pm, BBC Two’s popular show “Countryfile” will take viewers on a journey through the picturesque landscapes of Somerset and the Cotswolds.

Presenter Joe Crowley embarks on an exploration of the historic Somerset Levels, a unique wetland area stretching from the Mendips to the Blackdown Hills. His focus is on the farming practices and heritage associated with this fascinating environment. In particular, he joins farmer Rich Roberts during his winter harvest of Somerset willow. Viewers get an up-close look as Joe gets involved in cutting and preparing this versatile crop for sale.

Continuing his exploration of Willow-related industries in Somerset, Joe pays a visit to a local family deeply rooted in the trade. He learns about their craftsmanship, which involves transforming harvested willow whips into luxury hampers, hot air balloon baskets, and even eco coffins. This segment offers insights into an ancient heritage craft that has been passed down through generations.

Meanwhile, Adam Henson takes us to his orchard restoration project located in the scenic Cotswolds region. With hopes of achieving a bountiful apple harvest later in the year, Adam showcases his efforts to revive these ancient orchards steeped in history.

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The episode also tackles a pressing issue related to animal diseases as Charlotte Smith investigates bluetongue—a disease typically found in hotter regions around the world—returning to Britain due to climate change implications. Smith explores how British farmers might have no choice but to adapt their livelihoods accordingly if they are forced to coexist with this contagious ailment transmitted by midges.

For those eager for enlightening stories about agriculture, natural landscapes filled with historical significance and thoughtful discussions concerning environmental challenges faced by British farmers today, “Countryfile” promises yet another engaging episode not-to-be-missed.

Make sure you tune into BBC Two on Sunday 28 January 2024 at 6.00pm to catch the latest episode of “Countryfile”.

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Isabelle aka Izzy Jacobs is the UK previews specialist at memorabletv.com. Isabelle is particularly drawn to crime dramas, but she also has a not so secret love for all things reality TV. In addition to her work at memorabletv.com, Isabelle is also an avid traveler and a devoted foodie.

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