Catch up with Coun­try­file farmer in Bucks next week

Qasim Per­acha chats to Adam Hen­son ahead of his visit to Chor­ley­wood

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ADAM Hen­son will be vis­it­ing The Junc­tion in Chor­ley­wood to dis­cuss his lat­est mem­oirs and sign books for fans of BBC’s Coun­try­file.

Like Farmer, Like Son ex­plores Adam’s per­sonal life and ex­pe­ri­ences and par­tic­u­larly fo­cuses on his re­la­tion­ship whit his hero and father, Joe Hen­son.

Adam fol­lowed in his fa­thers foot­steps by tak­ing over the Cotswold Farm Park, the first of its kind in the world, as well as de­vel­op­ing a TV ca­reer.

“My father was re­ally pas­sion­ate about the pro­tec­tion of rare breeds. At the farm park we cur­rently have about 50 breeds of seven dif­fer­ent species of an­i­mals.” He said

“My grand­fa­ther, Les­lie Hen­son, was a fa­mous West End and film star, but my father found so­lace and a love of farm­ing”

“Dad had a stam­mer but once he be­came so well known for his work and cam­paign­ing for rare breed con­ser­va­tion, he at­tracted the me­dia.

“It was his work to­wards that cause that was recog­nised by the BBC. He be­came a pre­sen­ter on In the Coun­try and An­i­mal Magic.

“I never con­sid­ered work­ing in tele­vi­sion but Coun­try­file did a pre­sen­ter search in 2001 and I ap­plied. I’ve been pre­sent­ing it ever since.”

Adam trav­els across the coun­try, and in­deed the world, vis­it­ing farms and con­ser­va­tion sites but he’s kept busy at home too.

This spring there are 700 ewes be­ing lambed at the Cotswold Farm Park, and the 140,000 an­nual vis­i­tors to the farm have the op­por­tu­nity to bot­tle feed some of the young ones.

He also grows crops on the 1,600 acres of farm­land which he man­ages with his part­ner. Wheat grown at his farm is even used by War­bur­tons to make their bread.

Coun­try­file can at­tract au­di­ences as large as nine mil­lion on its Sun­day prime­time slot.

“The Bri­tish coun­try­side is glo­ri­ous and peo­ple are keen to re-learn where food comes from” said Adam. “We have an amaz­ing coast­line and moun­tains and no­body is very far from any of our beau­ti­ful coun­try­side.

“I think more peo­ple should get out there and ex­pe­ri­ence the coun­try­side for them­selves.”

Adam will be dis­cussing his life and mem­oirs and sign­ing books at The Junc­tion, Christ Church, Chor­ley­wood on Wed­nes­day March 22, 7.30pm. Tick­ets cost £10 and in­clude a copy of Adam’s book. You can book on­line at https://chiltern­book­shops.co.uk .

Like Farmer, Like Son by Adam Hen­son (BBC Books) is out now in pa­per­back.

Adam Hen­son will be in Chor­ley­wood on Wed­nes­day march 22

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