Adam Henson is very likely Britians’ best known farmer, regularly presenting to millions of viewers on BBC’s Countryfile.
He reckons he has the best job in the world and who are we to disagree?
Far from being an armchair expert he still works on his family farm in the Cotswolds having developed it into a spectacular visitor experience to enthuse the public about conservation and how the UK’s farmers put the food to the tables of the nation.
Away from his farm, Adam makes a huge number of public appearances and corporate talks and his story and passion for the outdoors is a complete inspiration.
Audiences can be as varied as the wonderful Women’s Institute ladies, care home residents, agricultural groups and festival and theatregoers.
Adam succeeded his farm tenancy from his father in 1999, his old friend Duncan and his family joined him in the business running the 650-hectare estate, together with the Cotswold Farm Park visitor attraction. It’s home to over 50 breeding flocks and herds of British rare breed farm animals.
In 2001 he applied for a presenting position on Countryfile as they were looking for someone who was interested in farming and the rural domain. He was lucky enough to be chosen from over 3000 applicants to become a TV presenter.
Since it’s move to Sunday evenings it has presented Adam with the opportunity to frequently present from his own farm, talking about the day to day joys and challenges of running a modern arable and livestock farm.
In addition to Countryfile which Adam presents alongside fellow GREAT BRITISH SPEAKERS talent Steve Brown, Ellie Harrison and Anita Rani, he has presented Nigel and Adam’s Farm Kitchen, with Nigel Slater, BBC1’s Secret Britain with Ellie Harrison. It delved into Water World of Wales, the Mysterious Moors of Yorkshire and The Hidden Highland of Scotland.
Adam now has three seasons of BBC Lambing Live alongside Kate Humble. Different to his other programmes in the fact that as its name suggests is filmed live with each featuring a year in the life of a sheep farmer with half of the programme live from the lambing shed based on the farm.
Adam has written several hugely popular books, has a monthly column in Countryfile magazine, as their resident farmer, as well as the Cotswold Life magazine.