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Behind every beautiful view, lies a tangle of questions and issues concerning the future of our countryside.


The future of our country is a hot topic. So we’re inviting a range of experts to give discuss it. In the National Trust Theatre, a full schedule of debates, talks and interviews will be led by farmers, environmentalists, commentators and outdoor enthusiasts. 
On Thursday, we look at hot political topics surrounding our countryside including the future of farming and plastics. 

On Friday we talk food and farming with household names including JB Gill. On Saturday, we focus on engaging kids and protecting nature with experts like Ray Mears. And, on Sunday, we debate conservation and wildlife with Baroness Young, Miranda Krestovnikoff and others.

Find out more here.

Content is correct at time of publication and subject to change.

Thursday 2nd August

Political Day

11:00 - 12:15

Theatre opens & The future of farming

New National Trust Director General Hilary McGrady and Secretary of State for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs open the National Trust Theatre followed by a discussion on the future of farming with the NFU’S president Minette Batters

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12:45 - 13:45

How do we cope with a problem like plastic?

Panellists include Dustin Benton, Policy Director, Green Alliance; Richard Walker, Managing Director of Iceland, Plastics & Flexible Packaging Group Director, British Plastics Federation and Lucy Siegle, environment journalists and specialist reporter on The One Show.

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14:15 - 15:00

Wainwright Prize with Ellie Harrison

Countryfile presenter Ellie Harrison will introduce this year's shortlist and reflect on her favourite nature books before announcing this year's winner.

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15:30 - 16:30

How much countryside should we risk to fix the housing crisis?

Panellists include Andrew Whitaker, Planning Director at the House Builder's Federation, Simon Jenkins, commentator and journalist and former Chairman of the National Trust, Wayne Hemingway Designer at Red or Dead and on the Design Council Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment Committee and Elinor Goodman, board member at Hastoe.

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17:00 - 17:45

Does Westminster get the countryside?

Anna Jones, journalist and producer on Radio 4 will discuss with guests including Simon Jenkins, commentator, if the countryside is being served a raw deal by the ruling metropolitan elite.

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