Everything you’ve wanted to know about Countryfile’s Adam Henson

Want to know more about your favourite farmer? Discover twelve fun facts about Countryfile's Adam Henson, from what animal he'd like to be to why Iceland is on his travel bucket list. 

Adam Henson Countryfile presenter

1. Farming is in Adam’s blood. He was raised on a working farm and when his father opened Cotswold Farm Park in 1971 Adam and his three sisters all mucked in. His first countryside memory is being knocked over by a flock of sheep.

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2. Cotswold Farm Park was the first farming rare breed centre in the country. It now attracts 70,000 visitors a year and in 2014 won Farm Attraction of the Year.

3. After finishing school, Adam completed a year’s agricultural work experience at Chatsworth Estate and then gained a HND in Agriculture and its management at Seale-Hayne Agriculture College in Devon.

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The grounds of Chatsworth House Castle, Bakewell. DEA/M. CARASSALE, Getty.

4. Adam travelled for more a year with good friend Duncan Andrews, working on arable and sheep stations in Australia and then a kiwi plantation in New Zealand, to save money to go diving on the Great Barrier Reef. The pair travelled back via California and Canada. Decades later, Duncan is Adam’s business partner, working with him to run the Cotswold Farm Park.

5. Although farming is in their blood, Adam’s family also have many links with TV and theatre. His grandfather Leslie was a comedian and his father Joe presented a countryside programme with Angela Rippon and Phil Drabble. Adam’s uncle Nick Henson appeared in shows such as Fawlty Towers and Inspector Morse.

6. Adam and his partner have two children, Ella and Alfie, and believe growing up in the country has been a brilliant childhood for them.

7. In 2010 Adam won Farmers Weekly Champion of the Year Award. He was described as a tireless ambassador for British farming

8. Adam’s farm in the Cotswolds pioneers rare breed conservation, keeping herds of rare animals, including Gloucester Old Spot pigs and Highland cattle.

9. The family love dogs and currently have three canine companions. Adam says he can’t imagine living without them. He’s even said that if he had to be an animal he’d be a dog, because of their loyal, hardworking and loving nature.

10. As a child, Adam loved pottery and even considered a career in it.

11. Adam’s bucket list includes visiting the Galapagos Islands, seeing the Northern lights in Iceland; and watching a pod of orcas.

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An aurora, sometimes referred to as polar lights. One of the items on Adam’s bucket list. Wolfgang Kaehler, Getty.
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12. Before his TV career began, Adam’s previous claim to fame was appearing in Mel Gibson’s Oscar-winning Braveheart. He took two English longhorns up to the Great Glen, to feature in the film, and briefly appeared in the scene where they bring home the body of William Wallace’s father.