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Sunday 13 September 2009
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Matt Baker heads to the New Forest to find out what commoners are doing to safeguard their ancient way of life and to meet the team of marine archaeologists unearthing hidden treasures.
John Craven investigates whether food shortages mean it is time to think again about legalising genetic modification and, down on the farm, Adam Henson makes hay while the sun shines.
Plus Katie Knapman reveals the reasons behind her life-long love of the Hebridean island of Tiree.
This week Matt Baker visits the UK’s smallest National Park - The New Forest in Hampshire – an area of open heath and woodland stretching between the coastal towns of Southampton and Bournemouth.
Matt discovers all there is to know about the New Forest Commoners as they celebrate their 100th anniversary. He learns how they go about keeping local traditions and practices alive, including rearing the famous New Forest Ponies. He also meets a commoner getting ready for the Pannage Season, when pigs are allowed into the forest to eat fallen acorns.
The New Forest has twenty six miles of coast, which is also the responsibility of the National Park Authority. Matt sails out with a team who are using sonar technology to discover what is hidden beneath the waves of the park’s shoreline.
Agisters act as a kind of mounted police force within the Forest, and among their duties they help to look after the eponymous ponies. Matt rides out with the Head Agister to see for himself the day-to-day problems of managing this famous herd.
Large scale animal rescue is a regular occurrence in the New Forest and the local fire and rescue service has become renowned across the UK for its expertise. Matt joins the team as they host representatives from around the country who aim to brush up on the skills needed for such specialist work – later he joins in with the rescue of a horse which had become trapped in a ditch.
When GM foods were first introduced into the UK in the 1990s, there was a fierce public backlash, prompted in part by ‘Frankenstein Food’ headlines in the newspapers. Now, some scientists are calling for us to reconsider the technology and say growing genetically modified crops could help feed a growing world population. Others remain to be convinced. In his investigation, John Craven gains access to the only GM field trial site in the UK and arranges for a GM scientist and anti-GM campaigner to meet.
Tiree is a small island off the west coast of Scotland with white sandy beaches and turquoise seas. Katie Knapman -- whose family have had a home on the island for generations -- proves to be the ideal guide. She helps out with the highlight of the crofting year for the island -- a market where up to five thousand lambs are sold. The quality of the lambs is so high that buyers will travel all the way from Middle England to purchase them. She will also be showing us why the Tiree weather -- famous for its wind and sunshine -- makes the place such a draw for tourists and sports enthusiasts.
On our weekly visit to our resident Cotswolds farmer, we discover that Adam’s barn is now packed to the rafters with wheat, now safely gathered in. But there's still time to make hay, and straw, while the sun continues to shine. It will be a welcome taste of summer for the animals during those cold and dark winter months to come.
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