This week Matt Baker and Ellie Harrison are in Nottinghamshire, where Matt visits a village where they farm just as they did in the Middle Ages. This year is the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, so he also visits the tree in Sherwood Forest where King John held early parliaments, and goes hunting for ancient trees as part of the Woodland Trust’s Tree of the Year campaign.
Ellie goes bird spotting in Nottingham city centre with urban birder David Lindo and is surprised when a falcon chick literally falls at her feet. And she gets a lesson in horse anatomy with nothing but a tin of paint and a paintbrush.
Joe Crowley takes a look at the first new pylon design in 90 years before donning the hard hat to scale one of the traditional types. Adam Henson meets the young warden with the most dangerous job in farming. 24-year-old Ellie Crossley has just taken charge of the Chillingham herd – the last truly wild herd of cattle on earth.
And Tom Heap looks at rural crime and a nationwide survey that aims to examine the extent of the problem. Have your say in the survey here.
Four great days out in Nottinghamshire
Learn to make cider, Welbeck
Embrace a countryside tradition, discover new apple varieties and create your own tasty drink
Explore the home of the legendary Wise Men of Gotham on this butterfly and wildflower-rich walk in the River Trent valley
Ossington Hall, Notthinghamshire
Ossington’s 18th-century church hints at the vanished splendour of a once great country house
Hodsock Priory, Nottinghamshire
Witness one of the country’s great snowdrop spectacles in an historic setting.