At this year’s BBC Countryfile Live, the National Trust will be focusing on how best to look after nature and the countryside and how the countryside can look after us – in a nutshell, how can nature improve our sense of wellbeing?
These are big ideas and they need big hitters to tackle them. That’s why the National Trust Theatre will be hosting a packed schedule of debates and talks led by famous faces, and voices including Lord Stern and Tony Juniper, and senior environmentalists and policy makers.
We’ll also be hearing from, among others, TV bushman Ray Mears, wildlife presenters Simon King, Ferne Corrigan, Lizzie Daly, Patrick Aryee and TV gardener Carol Klein plus some of the presenting team from Countryfile.
On Thursday, young people will be challenging the decision makers to explain what they are doing to protect our world. Are we on course to leave our environment in a better state than we found it? And we’ll be exploring the issue of plastics, how can we stop this incredibly useful substance from poisoning the planet?
Saturday’s theme is kids and nature. We’ll explore the ways in which nature brings joy and excitement into children’s lives helping them grow spiritually and physically.
Booking for the National Trust Theatre is now open!
*Line up correct at time of publication and subject to change.
Followed by a panel: Our future in your hands with Bella Lack, Dara McAnulty, Arjun Dhutta and Richard Walker.With teenage activists Bella Lack and Dara McAnulty and Richard Walker, MD of Iceland supermarket.
What’s it like to survive a night in freezing arctic conditions, or a day in sweltering heat with no water? Ray shares his best adventure stories, top survival tips and reveals what’s inspired him to challenge himself in the wilderness.
Join industry leaders and experts who will explore the latest thinking in how to fix the problem that is plastic. With Richard Walker, Managing Director of Iceland, Martin Dorey; 2 minute beach clean and author, Adam Read, Suez External Affairs Director, Roz Savage, Environmental advocate and Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of the Green Party.
Sometimes we feel overwhelmed by the big environmental issues of the day, but we can make a difference if we decide to make changes to our lives. With Lord Nicholas Stern, Natalie Fee from City of Sea and Zion Lights from Extinction Rebellion.
We all want to do our bit to make the world a better place to live in, whether that is improving the environment around us, or acting globally with the bigger picture in mind. With Countryfile’s Anita Rani and Melissa Hemsley, author and columnist.
Tim Bentinck plays David Archer who runs Brookfield Farm, one of the soap’s central locations. Sarah Swadling is the Archers’ Agricultural Adviser ensuring that David is shearing sheep and harvesting the crops at the right time, whilst maintaining the show’s topicality. Together Tim and Sarah will explain how agriculture remains the vital ingredient in the Archers and is key to attracting around 5 million listeners a week.
Can a post Brexit UK balance the needs of the environment and the agricultural sector? With Mark Harold Director of Land & Nature at the National Trust; Minette Batters, President of the NFU; Sue Hayman, Shadow Environment Secretary and Tony Juniper, Chair of Natural England.
BBC Countryfile’s farming presenter, Adam Henson and the popstar turned celebrity farmer, JB Gill, have both been shining a media spotlight on agriculture for several years now. In this session we’ll discover how the pair can balance their lives on their respective farms with successful broadcasting careers.
Join Lord Haskins; Will Evans, rock and roll farmer podcaster; Professor Tim Lang; David Fursdon, Chair of Beeswax Dyson Farming and Alastair Driver, Rewilding Britain.
What’s it like to hang up your microphone and dancing shoes to pull on a pair of wellies and enter the pig pen? Join JB as he shares his love of the countryside and the challenges he now faces on a day to day basis.
You may know about camouflage in squid but do you know how chromatophores work? You may know that some snakes are venomous but do you know how venom differs? Join Lizzie and a host of wildlife friends as she explores some of the world's strangest creatures and how evolution has shaped them.
With Ferne Corrigan, wildlife and children’s TV presenter; Gillian Burke, Springwatch presenter; Ryan Lumber, researcher and lecturer at the University of Derby and Stephen Moss, nature writer.
How do you turn your obsession into a career? Ferne Corrigan has done just that and she’ll inspire the next generation of naturalists to follow in her footsteps.
A picture speaks a thousand words and TV nature programmes show how true that is. Join Keith Scholey as he shares the biggest threats facing our planet today and some of his memorable moments from when he worked at the BBC's Natural History Unit and in his current role at Silverback films.
Join wildlife cameraman Simon King as he inspires the audience to develop a love of the countryside and tells his story of how he managed to turn his passion into a career.
Join wildlife cameraman Simon King as he encourages us to think about the bigger picture: how to get the most out of life and how best to spend our down time. Simon will share his top tips and more in this inspiring session.
With Patrick Aryee TV presenter and biologist; Dwayne Fields, adventurer and naturalist and Gill Meller, author and chef at River Cottage.
What are the benefits of nature on our health and well-being? Join Lizzie Daly as she talks about how spending time in nature has been so important for her! Lizzie will delve into how the natural world can have a huge positive impact on our health and happiness and share some of her favourite moments in nature.
Join Carol Klein of Gardeners’ World and the National Trust’s Head Gardener at Stourhead, Alan Power as they delve into what is it that makes gardening so relaxing and good for the soul.
Growing up on a smallholding in the Cotswolds, Ellie's family grew vegetables and raised chickens, which fuelled her own passion for the environment and farming. Join BBC Countryfile presenter Ellie Harrison as she explains just how important connecting with nature is for her health and wellbeing.
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The National Trust is the country’s largest conservation charity and it looks after many extraordinary places and landscapes, hundreds of miles of coastline, countryside, rivers and woodland across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The charity has been going for nearly 125 years and has always cared passionately about the importance of green spaces and countryside and the joy they can bring to people. It aims to create a healthier, more beautiful natural environment that is rich in wildlife, good for people, and offers visitors extraordinary experiences in nature.
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