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Newton Rigg college students to feature in Sundays BBC TV Countryfile

Students with BBC TV Countryfile filming Presenter Ellie Harrison watching Newton Rigg College students learni about dry stone walling. The footage, which was taken in 2015, will be shown during the programme on Sunday 17 September.

[S]tudents 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.

BBC TV Countryfile Presenter Ellie Harrison with Matt Bagley, the college’s Head of Agriculture, Farm Manager John Rowland (far right) with students after filming at Low Beckside Farm in 2015.

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.

Matt Bagley the college’s Head of Agriculture with BBC TV Countryfile Presenter Ellie Harrison during filming at the college’s hill farm, Low Beckside. The footage which was taken in 2015 will be shown during the programme on Sunday 17 September.

The programme will be broadcast at 7pm on BBC 1.

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