Explore East Midlands this week with Countryfile

Countryfile is in the East Midlands to find out about the region's rural past and the revival of the River Trent.

River Trent, Newark

Matt Baker takes to the Trent in a kayak and meets Alan Henshaw from the environment agency who tells him about the effort to clean up the river. Matt sees for himself the improvements in water quality and habitat, before taking a trip to Calverton Fish Farm in Nottinghamshire. Here, Alan and his team teach stocked fish how to be ‘wild’ in special tanks that force the fish to swim against an artificial current for food.


Helen Skelton is in Rutland to meet master miller Nigel Moon. Nigel takes her on as apprentice for the day in his traditional windmill, one of the last in the region. Helen then heads over the border to Leicestershire where farmer Alan Hewson is reviving a much loved, but long gone, local cheese, Colwick – a favourite of agricultural workers in the past. Alan puts its prize-winning taste down to the rare breed red poll cattle, a once common breed in the region.

Adam Henson is at the biggest agricultural show in the South West, The Royal Bath and West. And John Craven launches 2016’s photographic competition, with its theme From Dawn till Dusk. Joining John on the judging team are Dragons’ Den’s Deborah Meaden, comedian Rhona Cameron and wildlife cameraman Simon King. Matt Baker also reveals the total raised by sales of 2015’s calendar.


Tom Heap discovers how a global health crisis is impacting the battle against Bovine TB.