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Date: 17th December 2018

The countdown is on to …...Countryfile ! Yes it may be only a few days to Christmas but another date firmly in the diary for Askham Bryan College is the week after – Sunday 30th December, at 6pm, when the popular BBC TV programme comes from the college campus.

Photo shows BBC Countryfile presenter Anita Rani and Jess Herbert, Head of Horticulture during filming at Askham Bryan

Presenter Anita Rani and the camera crew spent a day at the York-based campus when Bradford-born Anita got to grips, literally, with a whole host of activities including tree climbing, a driver-less tractor controlled by computers and seeing a giant mural of a Swaledale sheep take shape on one of the college walls.

The theme of the programme is “Women Shaping the Countryside” and there were plenty of examples on the busy campus, including Chief Executive, Catherine Dixon, the Head of Horticulture, Jess Herbert, Farm Manager, Chantelle Astley and dozens of female students studying everything from engineering to animal management and arboriculture to the college’s core subject of agriculture.

Catherine Dixon, the College’s Chief Executive said: “Countryfile is a hugely popular programme and we were delighted to have the opportunity to give an insight into what we do. Anita certainly seemed to enjoy her time with us, and I hope it will inspire others to think about a career or training in the rural sector. It’s never too late for a new challenge!”

The filming schedule was hectic but Anita also found time to plant one of the country’s rarest trees, a Wollemi Pine in the college’s arboretum as well as have lunch in the college refectory and a walk through the Wildlife and Conservation Park.

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