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Our Dream Farm with Matt Baker

TV presenter Matt Baker during the filming of Our Dream Farm with Matt Baker
TV presenter Matt Baker during the filming of Our Dream Farm with Matt Baker | © Mark Taylor/Channel 4

We've been searching for a tenant farmer to manage a vacant farm in Northumberland. You can follow along by tuning in to Our Dream Farm with Matt Baker – a new TV series on Channel 4.

What's the series about?

The eight-part series, produced by Big Circus Media and hosted by TV presenter Matt Baker, features seven shortlisted applicants applying for a 10-year farm tenancy on the Wallington Estate.

The show sheds light on the process of applying for a farm tenancy, with applicants presenting business plans and discussing their vision for the farm. They also experience life on the Wallington Estate by taking part in real-life farming tasks and experiences.

Sally Richards, General Manager at Wallington and Giles Hunt, Land and Estates Director at the National Trust then consider how well each applicant would achieve the farm's objectives and deliver their vision for the land.

'What I really wanted from the applicants was passion,' explained Sally. 'I wanted to see passion for this farm on this historic estate and enthusiasm for being part of the local community, which is so important to us here.'

Without question, the potential tenants and the vision they all had are the heartbeat of the programme. I loved day one, when everybody met each other for the first time.

A quote by Matt Baker Presenter and Executive Producer of Big Circus Media

Shining a light on tenant farming

Our Dream Farm with Matt Baker provides us with an exciting opportunity to raise awareness of tenant farming and the role it plays in managing the countryside and addressing the nature crisis.

Giles said, 'The series offered a chance to bring farming, specifically, tenant farming, to life for a wide audience, and to give the public an up-close look at the letting of a farm on one of our historic estates.

'There’s a common perception of what a farmer is, but few people really know what a tenant farmer is. They face very different challenges, and we wanted to showcase that part of the industry – and that part of the countryside – which isn’t so well understood. Much of what you see in the series is a real reflection of how we let our farms, even though the process was supersized for the TV series.'

Check back here for more information on Our Dream Farm with Matt Baker as each episode airs. You can watch the first episode on 6 April at 8pm.

Episode one

Matt meets seven applicants all hoping to be chosen as the farm's next tenant. It's lambing season – one of the busiest times of year. A neighbouring farmer has brought 60 of his ewes to the farm and the applicants have to prepare the lambing shed so that the pregnant ewes can be brought in from the field to lamb. The applicants also have to create a penning system for the lambs to be born in.

The farm on the Wallington Estate that features in the series Our Dream Farm with Matt Baker
The farm on the Wallington Estate that features in the series Our Dream Farm with Matt Baker | © Mark Taylor/Channel 4
TV production staff during the filming of Matt Baker's Our Dream Farm TV series on the Wallington Estate, Northumberland

Our Dream Farm with Matt Baker

Find out more about the series and watch all the episodes soon on Channel 4.

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