BBC Countryfile Live Podcast

White Park cattle at Dinefwr Park and Castle, Carmarthenshire

In August 2019, we took part in the BBC Countryfile Live show at Blenheim Palace. Over four days, we hosted a series of debates and conversations in the National Trust Theatre with expert speakers, including Ray Mears, Simon King, and Lizzie Daly. Topics ranged from farming and food, caring for the countryside, to the wellbeing benefits of connecting with nature.

Discover some of the best moments from these conversations in a one-off series of nine podcast episodes.

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Tim Bentinck

Farming with David Archer 

Listen as Charlotte Smith talks to Tim Bentinck, best known as the voice of David Archer on the BBC Radio 4 series The Archers. Charlotte and Tim are also joined by Sarah Swaddling, Agricultural Adviser for The Archers. They discuss organic farming, the show’s broad appeal, and why yogurt and ironing boards are an essential part of The Archers sound design.

Farming with David Archer

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Volunteer holding small fragments of plastic found during The Big Beach Clean at Woolacombe, North Devon

Fixing the plastic problem 

In this episode, we join Countryfile presenter Tom Heap in conversation with Richard Walker, Managing Director of Iceland, Roz Savage an environmental advocate, Martin Dorey, author and founder of 2 minute beach clean, and Adam Read, External Affairs Director at SUEZ recycling and recovery UK. The group discuss the growing problem of plastic pollution and some of the potential solutions to deal with it.

Fixing the plastic problem

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Countryfile presenter Ellie Hanson

Meet the Countryfile Live presenters 

We join Charlotte Smith in conversation with Countryfile presenters Adam Henson, Anita Rani and Ellie Harrison. Hear about what goes on behind the scenes at Countryfile, the lavish lifestyles of zero graze cattle and how to reduce your reliance on single use plastic.

Meet the Countryfile presenters

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JB Gill

Fame to farming with JB Gill 

In this episode, you’ll hear from pop star turned famer, JB Gill. He talks to Charlotte Smith about making the transition from microphones to manure, shares stories of Ginger his celebrity pig and tells us just what the rest of his former band, JLS, think of his new-found career.

Fame to farming with JB Gill

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Bushcraft expert Ray Mears

Let's meet Ray Mears 

The special guest in this episode is TV presenter and bushcraft expert, Ray Mears. Ray chats to Charlotte Smith about the best time to get involved with nature, what Witchetty grubs really taste like and why he’s against ‘saving the planet’.

Let's meet Ray Mears

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Naturalist and broadcaster Simon King

Killing time with Simon King

In this episode, Charlotte Smith speaks to author, naturalist and award-winning broadcaster, Simon King. They discuss everything from wildlife photography, how to make a lion yawn and how tourism benefits the natural world.

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Vegetable gardener at Sissinghurst Castle checks newly planted lettuces

Can technology save the world?

In this episode, Countryfile presenter Charlotte Smith talks to Ben Scott-Robinson, Co-Founder of Small Robot Company; Will Evans, host of the Rock and Roll Farming Podcast; David Ferguson, Chair of Beeswax Dyson Farming; Kit Franklin from Hands Free Hectare and Prof. Alistair Driver, Director of Rewilding Britain. They discuss the dangers of bad soil health, the benefits of rewilding and the introduction of robot farming.

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Carol Klein from BBC Gardener's World with Alan Power, Head Gardener at Stourhead

The joy of gardening

In this extract from the National Trust Theatre, Charlotte Smith is joined by Alan Power, Head Gardener at Stourhead house and gardens in Wiltshire and Carol Klein from BBC’s Gardeners’ World. Alan and Carol answer gardening questions from the audience and share their passion for the joy of gardening.

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Wildlife expert and presenter Lizzie Daly

Lizzie Daly on nature and wellbeing

Listen to a talk with BBC wildlife expert and presenter, Lizzie Daly. We’ll learn how Lizzie balances her concern for the planet with the travel demands of her job, hear about human-sized monsters which lurk metres from our coastline and how time spent in nature can make a difference to our wellbeing.

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