Belfast Telegraph

BBC's Harvest 2015 explores life on Britain's farms

British farming will be at the forefront of the BBC Two schedule next month with Harvest 2015.

In the three-part series, Gregg Wallace and Philippa Forrester will be joined by a new presenter, James Manning, a 28-year-old dairy farmer in North Herefordshire.

The team will meet farmers from across Britain, including three generations of the Thatchers family in cider apple-rich Somerset, exotic vegetable farmer Peter Barfoot in Sussex and Hampshire, and the Hay family who are waiting to harvest their first crop of Scottish oats in Perthshire.

MasterChef presenter Wallace is back for the second series and said viewers can expect to understand a lot more about the food that ends up on our plates and difficulties of modern farming.

"What the country eats is a huge subject at harvest time, not just for farmers, but the whole food industry and us at home feeding our families. What amazes me is how tight the margins are and how one mistake could put generations of farming families out of business. You have to be big or go bust," he said.

Wallace was reaping the benefit of filming outside as he got the chance to drive the harvesters which he said was a "pure delight".

New presenter Manning, who grew up on his family farm, will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience around contemporary farming and agricultural methods.

He said: "The best bit about filming for me has been meeting other farms, seeing the pride and pleasure they get at this time of year.

"It's been fantastic to see British farmers trying new things and innovating the way they work to farm smarter, bigger and better than the year before."

Executive producer Tim Martin said this series will focus on "on the crops Britain grows best, exploring the areas of British farming where we punch above our weight to deliver world class produce".


From Belfast Telegraph