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The people, places and stories making news in the British countryside.
In this programme the focus is on forests. Matt is in the New Forest taking part in the biggest inventory of trees ever undertaken. He also takes to the heights with climbers from the Forestry Commission as they carry out a wildlife survey high in the treetops. Ellie in Inverness-shire seeing what industrial-scale timber production looks like. She also looks at new scientific research that shows the impact of forestry activities on native red squirrels. Sean is in Stirlingshire exploring the Scottish tradition of hutting, and he hears about the part these houses in the woods played during the Clydebank Blitz in World War II. John is in Kent looking at the revival of working with horses in forests. He also meets the artist whose magnificent woodcuts of forests capture perfectly the spirit of these magic places. And in a step away from the woodlands, Adam meets the farmer who has found a new market for his male goats due to the rising demand for goat meat.
Matt, Anita and John are in Holderness in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Matt is on Spurn Point, or rather Spurn Island - the country's newest, formed by the big storm surge of 2013. He meets the RNLI crew who had to relocate further up the coast as a result and then goes on manoeuvres with them as they look for safe passages around the point. Anita finds out how Spurn's wildlife has responded in the wake of the surge, and she meets the next generation of birdwatchers helping to spot the rare species on display. John, meanwhile, is on Sunk Island, an area of rich farmland attached to the mainland but which once stood cut off in the Humber. He is there with photographer Fiona Caley, who is recording this mysterious landscape and the farming communities who live there. Adam helps a friend choose some rare breed white park cattle.
Matt Baker learns about the Easter tradition of pace egg rolling in Lancashire.
Countryfile is in County Durham, and Matt is on his old home turf, showing us how to make panackelty, a traditional north eastern dish. He gets veg from prize-winning allotments and meat from a local farm and cooks it all up with the locals.
Ellie is a few miles away in the heart of Weardale meeting the designer whose passion for rescuing sheep has spun out into a sideline making high-end felt goods. She also takes a trip along one of the most beautiful stretches of the River Tees, taking in the stunning High Force and Low Force waterfalls, discovering its wildlife and getting a drenching as she throws herself headlong into it.
Sean is in Stockton, where he meets a Scout troop involved in all sorts of projects to encourage wildlife. And he witnesses them renewing their Scout vows - something traditionally done on St George's day.
Tom asks if we are in the midst of a fly-tipping epidemic and what can be done to stamp it out.
And at the start of British Beef Week, Adam is meeting the farmers raising their cattle on nothing but fresh grass all year round.
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