Celebrate John Craven’s 25 years on Countryfile this Sunday

This Sunday (20th July) John Craven takes a trip down memory lane, celebrating 25 years on the show. Here's what's on, plus some of his best columns for BBC Countryfile Magazine. 

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Countryfile takes a trip down memory lane with the legend John Craven as he celebrates 25 years on the show. To mark this quarter of a century, for one week only he’ll be guest editor and decide exactly what goes into the programme.


John meets fellow presenter and good friend Adam Henson on his farm to reminisce. They discuss the changes in farming over the years, the adventures he’s had and the people he has met along the way, from prime ministers to pig farmers.

John sets various missions for the rest of the Countryfile presenters. Back in 1989, John investigated the growth of organic farming on his first ever Countryfile appearance. A quarter of a century on, Tom Heap looks back at that investigation and reveals brand-new research on the health benefits of organic food.

Ellie Harrison explores the highs and lows of endangered species in the UK, a cause close to John’s heart. And Matt Baker does what John loves best; taking a drive in the beautiful British countryside in a classic sports car – only Matt does it in an Aston Martin!

And John will be celebrating in style with this incredible sugar creation, handmade by Clifton Cakes to celebrate his quarter century of welly telly. 

We’ll be live tweeting during the show – join us over on Twitter by following @Countryfilemag and using the hashtag #Countryfile. 

Read some of John’s most read columns on rural issues and the countryside:

John Craven’s 25 years on Countryfile

After hundreds of recorded episodes of Countryfile, John Craven looks back on the breaking stories, key issues and memorable people that have shaped his quarter century presenting ‘welly telly’.

HS2 money could reopen railways

When protestors were still reeling from the Government’s go-ahead for High Speed 2 (HS2) in 2012, John spoke to other groups of rural dwellers campaigning to have a railway on their doorstep.

On the trail of the British whale

There can’t be many wildlife encounters in this country better than being up-close to whales and dolphins. John waxed lyrical about his first view of the common bottlenose dolphins of Cardigan Bay in south Wales.

How the YHA moved from hostel to hotel


If you’ve been ‘staycationing’ you’ll know it is not necessarily a cheap alternative to the rest of Europe. John welcomed news that the YHA in England and Wales was splashing out to update its image with a new generation of hostels. 

John investigates the rising numbers of 16- to 24-year-olds struggling to find work in the UK’s hamlets, villages and country towns – a figure rising faster than among their urban counterparts.