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BBC Countryfile saddles up to film farm project

20 April 2015

Their project has only been up and running since January 2015, but Lane End Farm Trust, based in Abney in Derbyshire’s Hope Valley, is already attracting a lot of media attention. And this Sunday (26 April) they’ll be making their Countryfile debut…

Countryfile-Hannah-Carer-and-EllieNo strangers to local news reporters (one recently turned up to film project staff herding piglets through the snow), the Lane End team has now welcomed BBC One’s Countryfile crew, including presenter Ellie Harrison.

Lane End Farm Trust is a working hill farm in the Peak District National Park and in late 2014 was awarded £275,000 through Reaching Communities for its three-year Riding High project.

The organisation enables disabled and disadvantaged young people to have access to the countryside, providing activities and mentoring programmes to aid their personal development.

Riding High uses rare-breed Eriskay ponies to help young people take part in breath-taking treks over Abney Moor, as well as learning to care for and communicate with the horses. Part of the grant has paid for a wheelchair-accessible carriage, allowing young disabled people to join in with their peers.

Countryfile’s Ellie Harrison went out on a trek with the project’s young participants, and also met youngsters from another charity, based in Chesterfield, who are raring to get involved.

Volunteer Vivienne Howson said: “We can’t wait for this to happen. We have explained it will take time, but thanks to the Big Lottery Fund they will, one day, all be ‘riding high’.”

Big Lottery Fund Funding Officer, Holly Hudson, said: “The Countryfile team was ‘bowled over’ by Lane End and is already making plans to go back to the farm to make a longer film. This is a fantastic project and I’m looking forward to paying them a visit in the summer, as my family and I will be staying nearby.”

Don’t forget to set a reminder to tune into Countryfile this Sunday on BBC One at 7pm. 

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