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Back To The Land

Kate Humble presents Back to the Land on BBC2

Back To The Land champions the UK’s most inspirational rural entrepreneurs. Kate Humble and Geetie Singh-Watson follow the grit and determination to make it through the business year. 

Back To The Land champions the UK’s most inspirational rural entrepreneurs. Kate Humble and Geetie Singh-Watson follow the grit and determination to make it through the business year. 

Kate, who started her own business in the countryside a few years ago and entrepreneur Geetie, who set up the UK’s first and organic gastro-pub, will take viewers on a journey across the country and through the seasons, to unveil some of Britain’s hidden gems synonymous with heritage and beauty. In each episode, they will meet the aspirational people behind the businesses, driving them to keep rural Britain alive. 

For the first episode, Back To The Land is in Pembrokeshire, home to Britain’s only coastal national park. Kate meets a seaweed collector who left an office job in Swindon for a life working on the beach and is now running a successful business selling welsh seaweed products to a global market. Kate also gets stuck in on a dairy farm where they have started rearing Japanese Wagyu beef cattle to revive their fortunes. With honeybees in dramatic decline, Kate visits a family working to make their living from their hives and she meets the meadow makers who have created a business from harvesting and selling wild flower seeds. 

While Geetie is with young rookie, chocolatiers who are trying to take on the big boys from an old cow shed in west wales. She also finds out how a Californian radio host and a Welsh farmer have created probiotic goat’s milk products that are turning them a big profit from a tiny amount of land.

In episode two, Back To The Land will head to the foodie county of Devon, to follow six rural businesses through the seasonal challenges of making money, including a cider maker, an edible flower producer, an entrepreneurial sheep farmer and a start-up charcuterie duo.

Episode three sees Back To The Land travel to the Lake District to follow six rural businesses through the seasonal challenges of keeping afloat, including a couple making the world’s only wool compost, a young duo leaving city jobs to sell muesli and a wedding barn business.

Watch Back To The Land on BBC2 at 8pm on Tuesday 7th, 14th and 21st March.