Adam Henson opens up on the future of Countryfile: ‘Really important to me’

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In fact, Adam Henson revealed exclusively to Express.co.uk that he would love to see Countryfile head over seas in the future. As well as presenting the much-loved BBC Sunday evening programme, Adam runs the Cotswolds Farm Park and regularly gives viewers an insight into life on the farm. As a result, Adam wants to be given the chance to showcase farming styles across the world.

Detailing how he would like to continue his time on Countryfile, Adam explained: “For me, I’d love to carry on working with the program telling the story of British agricultural and food production and food provenance.

“It’s really important to me. You know, I’d love to be able to go abroad and have some more stories coming from the other side of the world or across Europe and other countries to explain some of their food production systems and how they compare to our, our own.

“I’d love to go out into some, you know, more artisan producers across Europe and learn about what they’re doing as well.

“So it’d be great to be able to spread our wings but obviously at the moment with COVID we need to stay in the UK, and we need to stay reasonably close to home.”

However, due to the coronavirus pandemic it doesn’t look like Countryfile will be heading abroad any time soon.

But Adam doesn’t mind too much as he noted there’s still plenty to explore in the UK.

“There are so many fantastic stories and I’m delighted to carry on telling them,” he continued.

Adam also opened up on how he ended up presenting Countryfile and why it wasn’t a “conscious” decision to follow in the footsteps of his late dad Joe Henson MBS.

He explained: “It was a very, very fortunate position that I found myself in, having been born and brought up by such a wonderful dad, who was very entrepreneurial.

“He had opened his farm to the public in 1971, he opened the Cotswolds Farm Park, our first ever open farm in the country.

“He was passionate about conservation and rare breeds and I was, you know, following in his footsteps really and following him around and learning from him. Then saw him on television and saw him working with the media.

“So when Countryfile did a presenter search back in 2001 he asked my partner, she worked in television.

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“She encouraged me to apply for the job as my dad did the same, and then I did and amazingly got the job.”

Adam note he was “lucky” to land the role as it wasn’t something he had ever planned on doing.

“It wasn’t ever on my roadmap of what I wanted to do,” he remarked.

“I’m delighted to be in the position I’m in, presenting. I really enjoy it.”

Adam is currently preparing to take part in this year’s Countryfile Ramble for Children in Need and will be joined by Rayane and his support dog Diesel for one walk, and for another ramble, he will be heading out wth Molly who has Cerebral Palsy and her assistance dog Chess.

Speaking about why it is so important to him, Adam explained: “To understand the work that Children in Need does to support people who are really facing some very difficult disadvantages, then, it’s great to be part of it and, and yes, some are very inspiring and often bringing a tear to your eye.”

He added: “It makes you appreciate how lucky you are as an individual with your family and your children.”

Countryfile airs tonight on BBC One at 6pm.

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