Friday 5 August

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The presenters of BBC Countryfile

Are supermarkets the friends or foes of Britain’s farmers? Should we be changing the way we farm to reduce flooding? Our eminent guests will discuss these vital issues today. Also, Ray Mears will chat about his love of bushcraft. While the ecologist and thinker John Lawton will give us his vision of the countryside in 2030.

More sessions will be announced over the coming weeks. Please do check back in for updates!

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05 Aug 16

10.30-11.00: Talk - A vision of the countryside in 2030: John Lawton

Influential biologist and Vice President of the RSPB, Sir John Hartley Lawton, will talk to audiences about creating more space for nature, managing water and ensuring landowners are rewarded for their environmental efforts.

Coastal heathland in Devon

05 Aug 16

11.30-12.30: Debate - Brexit: Will the British countryside be better or worse off outside the European Union?

Membership of the EU has provided direct subsidies for farming and funded schemes which encourage protection for the environment. But some farmers believe there’s too much red tape which has subsequently suppressed productivity. So what impact will Brexit have on the environment and farming businesses? And does Brexit offer an opportunity to think again about what society wants from land?

The Lake District was the inspiration for Beatrix Potter's children's stories

05 Aug 16

13.00-14.30: The Wainwright Golden Beer Prize – Awards Event

Love nature and travel? We’ll be unveiling the winner of this year’s prestigious Wainwright Golden Bear Prize for travel and nature writing. Hear from the shortlisted winners and their tales of the windswept Orkneys, Yorkshire woodlands and life in the Lake District.

Books shortlisted for the Wainwright Golden Beer Prize