What’s coming up on this week’s Countryfile – Sunday 17 May

Julia Bradbury and Matt Baker head to the Cotswolds as the area prepares for the Badminton Horse Trials

Gloucestershire floods

Here’s what’s coming up on this week’s Countryfile, Sunday 17 May at 7.30 pm


Badminton Horse Trials
It’s the 60th anniversary of the Badminton Horse trials and Julia’s there to take a look. The three day event attracts some of the best riders from around the world all competing for the top place.  The event, traditionally popular amongst members of high-society and royalty, plays host to show-biz faces too, among them Katie Price who tells Julia about the joys being at of Badminton.
Later in the day, Julia takes a break from all the glamour to find out more about the history of the event.  She meets stable manager Brian Higham who has looked after the horses on the estate for 50 years.  She also meets some of the newer competitors and finds out how safe eventing is, for the both the riders and horses.

Over a hurdle
Whilst Julia enjoys Badminton, Matt finds out how the event supports local industries.  He meets the family of Gloucestershire brothers who for the past 40 years have made hurdles for the trials and other similar events around the world. Matt learns more about the traditional practice and tries it out for himself.

Those magnificent men in their flying machines
Matt also takes to the skies at the Vintage Flying Show in Kemble. He’s lucky enough to get the chance to be on board a 1946 De Havilland Dragon Rapide.

Gardening in the buff
You’ve heard of being close to nature, but here’s a couple that have decided to take it one step further.  Matt meets The Naked Gardeners Ian and Barbara Pollard and finds out why they believe stripping off is the only way to be in touch with your natural side.

The threat of Bluetongue
An outbreak of bluetongue disease in British sheep could send the price of lamb through the roof, yet John Craven discovers that only around 15% of England’s flock has so far been vaccinated against the virus. Bluetongue is transmitted by midges and has killed millions of animals in mainland Europe. Last year a comprehensive vaccination programme kept the disease from these shores, but the government fears complacency could now lead to a major outbreak.

Adam’s Farm – Green Gardening
Every Sunday Countryfile finds out about real life on the land with Adam Henson on his Cotswolds family farm. This week Adam investigates his reliance on fertilizer – which he uses to help his crops grow. Nitrogen fertilizer is a major cause of agricultural green house gas emissions.

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Biking Butcher
Julian Hodge has managed to combine his two passions in life; bikes and butchery. He travels on his motor bike throughout the South West offering a bespoke butchery service to the region’s farmers.   

Beatrix Potter
Countryfiles plant-man James Wong visits Bowness-in-Windermere in the Lake District to see the development of a garden based on the beautiful illustrations of Beatrix Potter. The Cumbrian landscape provided inspiration for much of her work and now things are going full circle as garden designer Richard Lucas uses her illustrations as inspiration for his garden design.