Series 2021 - Episode 3 Mendips



“Evolution not a revolution,” is what environment secretary George Eustice promised when England’s new farming plan was announced back in November. Instead of receiving taxpayers’ money based on the size of land being farmed (as was the system while we remained in the EU), a new green subsidy scheme will now see farmers being paid for preventing floods and aiding wildlife. Here, Tom Heap investigates whether this policy shift in the post-Brexit landscape can deliver for farmers – and the environment. 

Elsewhere, Ellie Harrison is scaling Cheddar Gorge, while Adam Henson gets to meet one of his heroes – rugby-union-ref-turned-farmer Nigel Owens, who’s about to face his herd’s first test for TB.


Ellie Harrison and Tom Heap head to Somerset to visit the Mendips to find out how this stunning but fragile area is being protected from the invasion of visitors. Ellie scales Cheddar Gorge as well as discovering the damage cars are wreaking on narrow winding roads, and how white-clawed freshwater crayfish are being saved from voracious invaders. Tom finds out how the countryside can help transform lives and also investigates if the government's new green subsidy scheme can really deliver for farmers. Adam Henson meets ex-international rugby union ref turned Nigel Owens, who is now a farmer and facing his herd's first TB test.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Tom Heap
Presenter Ellie Harrison
Presenter Adam Henson
Executive Editor Bill Lyons
Series Editor Jane Lomas