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Date: 5th November 2018

Askham Bryan College is looking forward to welcoming the prestigious BBC television programme, Countryfile which will be filming at the York campus this week.

Countryfile presenter Anita Rani

This year Countryfile celebrates its 30th Anniversary. The programme now regularly attracts around 6 million viewers and is a firm favourite with both urban and rural dwellers, The episode featuring the College will be broadcast 30th December 2018.

The theme of the hour-long programme is “Countryfile’s Inspirational Women” and the presenter is Anita Rani. Anita, who is originally from Bradford, is a writer and has been involved in the programme since 2014.

The Countryfile team will spend a day filming on campus getting an insight into the important roles female staff and students play in shaping rural life. As part of the programme, artist Sarah Yates who is a wildlife specialist, will create a special mural for the college.

Chief Executive, Catherine Dixon said: “We are delighted to showcase our College and the amazing work of our staff and students in highlighting the important role of women in defining the countryside. Many of our most senior staff are women and we have many female students which demonstrates the massive contribution women make in shaping the future of our rural communities.

“Best agricultural practise is vital in securing food production, sustainability and animal welfare. We are training the farmers of the future who require strong technical and IT skills, extensive knowledge, and the ability to plan meticulously. We aim to ensure that opportunities to work in and shape our rural communities are available to all, irrespective of their background. Championing the incredible contributions that women make to the countryside should be celebrated and I do hope the programme inspires more young people to think about a career in the rural sector and get in touch!”

The College specialises in full and part-time rurally based courses, from diploma level through to degrees. It has around 5,000 students across its centres in the North of England with the main campus being at York.

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