New Year, new stars of Countryfile!

This Sunday 7th January at 6.30pm on BBC One, a snowy episode of Countryfile features The Country Trust’s exciting new work with refugee families from Bradford, visiting one of our amazing host farms in the very scenic Ribble Valley.

The show highlights our work as a charity to bring food, farming and the countryside alive for children from disadvantaged backgrounds with the help of farmers from across the country. Farmers like Emma Robinson and Ian O’Reilly at Lower Gazegill Organic Farm in Riminton, Lancashire who welcome families from Sudan, who have been newly placed in the Bradford area.

Viewers will see presenter Anita Rani join Country Trust Farm visit co-ordinators Lee Holmes, Mark Scrimshaw and farm staff as they give families a tour of the farm, meet the animals and enjoy the snow for the first time. The visit provides a really positive experience to families who may have had traumatic or chaotic experiences, and introduces them to the best of the British countryside. The project is sponsored by the ethical translation and interpretation community interest company, Enable2 and supported by Bevan Healthcare.

Chief Executive of The Country Trust Jill Attenborough said: ““We are absolutely delighted that our work with vulnerable families is being given such prominence, and so grateful to the farmers who welcome children onto their farms.

“We are very proud to be bringing opportunities to children and families that have such a positive impact on health and wellbeing, that help to build bridges between communities, and give children rich, happy memories to share with family, friends and teachers, stimulating language and building self-esteem.”

Details about the upcoming  broadcast can be found here:

New Year, new stars of Countryfile! New Year, new stars of Countryfile!