Back to the Land with Kate Humble

The Lake District

Series 1 - Episode 3 The Lake District



The one-line pitch for this series should be “Nice people doing cool stuff”. Among the Cumbrian go-getters we meet here is Jane, who forages for fruit and wild herbs and makes preserves out of what she gathers – 40,000-jars-worth a year. She introduces Kate Humble to the joys of blackthorn flowers (it’s not just the sloes you eat, apparently) and later in the year, watching Jane pick wild damsons on a sunny day, the job looks idyllic, though we gather the reality is as tough as any fledgeling business.

Another creative Cumbrian is Mandy, who lives in Beatrix Potter’s house and uses local wool woven into Herdwick tweed to make a range of chic-looking handbags. The programme is a terrific advert for her, but it feels well deserved, and similarly it’s impossible to watch this without wanting to try the upscale muesli baked by a couple of lads in a community kitchen – and sold for £6 a bag.


The presenter follows innovative businesses in the Lake District through Spring, Summer and Autumn, painting portrait of the rugged landscape and gaining an insight the challenges they face. Kate Humble helps with lambing at a fifth generation farm who have invented the world's only wool compost, so they can keep their farming traditions alive. She also goes foraging for wild food, which went to waste until one woman realised she could turn it into unique jams and preserves that are now sold nationwide. Last in the series.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Kate Humble
Presenter Geetie Singh-Watson
Editor Alex Mcallister
Editor Bernard Pearson
Executive Producer Donna Clark
Executive Producer Sarah Trigg
Series Director Jim Ashley
Series Producer Chrissie Sharman
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