Students from Newton Rigg College are to feature in one of the UK’s favourite TV programmes, BBC Countryfile. On Sunday 17 September, the programme is celebrating the Lake District’s new status as a World Heritage site, taking a look at what makes the region so special. Newton Rigg is part of Askham Bryan College and specialises in providing land-based education to young people across the North of England and beyond.
Presented by Ellie Harrison, the Countryfile programme includes film of some of the college’s agriculture students learning to build dry stone walls and working with the college’s herd of Luing cattle. It was taken when Ellie and the film crew spent a day at the college’s hill farm, Low Beckside, two years ago.
Matt Bagley, Head of Agriculture said: “Countryfile has filmed with us on a number of occasions and we delighted to be included in this programme. It re-enforces the major role agriculture plays in the region’s heritage, the importance of enthusing and inspiring the next generation of countryside custodians, and also the relevance of what we teach here at Newton Rigg College. We are all very much looking forward to watching the programme.”
Loved by viewers across the UK, Countryfile attracts a regular audience of 7 million keen to know the latest news and issues affecting farming and the countryside. It was first broadcast in 1988 and Ellie Harrison has been a presenter with the programme since 2009.
The programme will be broadcast at 7pm on BBC 1.