Holkham estate to feature in launch BBC Countryfile's Children In Need fundraising effort
BBC 1’s popular nature programme Countryfile has been to Holkham to help raise money for Children in Need.
And they hope that the result, to be shown as part of a Countryfile Ramble Special this Sunday, will encourage even more people to support the BBC’s national charity with their own ramble.
In Norfolk, Children in Need currently funds 27 projects to the value of £1,878,382.
Children in Need, first broadcast in 1980, has raised a total of more than £1 billion pounds in a continuing campaign to help disadvantaged children and youngsters.
Seven years ago, Countryfile joined Children in Need to boost funds even more by holding their own annual series of Countryfile Ramble specials where a presenter rambles though some of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of the UK.
To date the programme has independently raised over £10 million for Children in Need.
At Holkham, presenter Margherita Taylor led a solo ramble with 17-year-old Chloe from the Wish Centre in West London, which supported her through difficult times when she had mental challenges she experienced when younger.
She is now a volunteer at the centre which is part funded by Children in Need and talks openly about the problems she faced.
Together she and Margherita explored the coastal forest of mostly Corsican, Scots and Maritime pines – known locally as Holkham Meals - which stand as sentinels overlooking the sea.
They also explore the marshland landward of the trees as well as relaxing among the sand dunes that provided the backdrop to Gwyneth Paltrow’s lonely walk across Holkham’s broad expanse of beach in the final scene of the film Shakespeare in Love.
The whole area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest with a varied habitat rich in rare flora and fauna which the public are free to enjoy.
Over the next few weeks Countryside presenters and young ramblers are also exploring Stonehaven in Scotland, Cwmcarn Forest in South Wales, Helvellyn in the Lake District, the Mendip Hills in Somerset and Derry in Northern Ireland in a succession of rambles which lead up to the annual Children in Need live broadcast on November 19.
The programme encourages the public to get involved in their own sponsored rambles to help change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. Full details on how to do this can be found at bbc.co.uk/countryfile.
Countryfile is due to be screened at 6pm this Sunday on BBC1.