Sunday 7 August

The presenters of BBC Countryfile

Today we ask whether cheap food comes at too high a cost to the environment. Gardener’s Question Time chair Eric Robson will be chatting about his love of the Lake District. Will Self explains his fascination with the arcane practice of psychogeography. 

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

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07 Aug 16

10.30-11.00: Talk - The Great Drought of 76: 40 Years On, What Have We Learned?

BBC weatherman and Countryfile presenter John Hammond will look back over the history of Britain's extraordinary weather events and discuss whether we are now better prepared to respond to such extremes – and how our ability to see these events coming has improved over the years.

Blue skies over Heigham Holmes

07 Aug 16

11.30-12.15: An audience with… Eric Robson

Co-Chairman of Gardner’s Question Time on BBC Radio 4, Eric has been a small scale farmer since 1987. As Chair of Cumbria Tourism and the Wainwright Society, Eric will be talking about his love of The Lake District.

Eric Robson

07 Aug 16

12.45-13.45: Debate - Cheap food at what cost? Is the way we farm today threatening the future of the countryside?

The National Trust’s Director of Land, Landscape & Nature, Peter Nixon, Chief Executive of the Soil Association, Helen Browning and Vice President of the NFU, Guy Smith, will discuss how we can produce food more sustainably despite increasing demand for a growing population.

Wimpole Home Farm, Cambridgeshire