Thursday 4 August

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The presenters of BBC Countryfile

Today begins with a welcome address from National Trust Director General Helen Ghosh. We will also be discussing rewilding with George Monbiot and others. Martha Kearney will be talking about her love of bees. And should we look for the solution to the housing crisis in our green fields?

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

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04 Aug 16

10.30-11.00: National Trust Theatre opening

With 2016 seeing the first ever BBC Countryfile Live, we will be putting on a special event in the National Trust theatre which will include an address by Helen Ghosh, Director General of the National Trust. This is a great opportunity for you to witness the National Trust theatre's opening at this exciting new event.

Dame Helen Ghosh, Director-General, admiring the newly planted cedar of Lebanon

04 Aug 16

11.30-12.30: Debate: Rewilding Britain - Is it time to return land to nature and bring back beavers, boars and lynx?

Prominent figures in the world of conservation will debate on whether more countryside land should revert to its ‘natural’ state creating more room for wildlife. Discussing these issues will be environmental commentator George Monbiot, RSPB Chief Executive Mike Clarke, Scottish Land & Estates representative Richard Cooke and Deputy President of the NFU Cymru John Davies. Hosted by Charlotte Smith this debate will be recorded by the BBC and aired on Farming Today This Week on Radio 4 on Saturday 6 August at 6.30am

A view of the Devon countryside

04 Aug 16

13.00-13.45: An audience with... Martha Kearney

The award-winning journalist and radio/TV presenter best known for Women’s Hour and Newsnight will be talking about her passion for bees. Although now allergic to their stings, Martha was an amateur beekeeper and will share her advice on keeping them and what she has learnt about their decline.

Martha Kearney