Adam Henson is perhaps the best-known farmer in the UK, presenting his own section on BBC’s Countryfile to millions of viewers every Sunday evening. However, farming and conservation are Adam’s first passions and when the camera stops rolling, there is still lots of work to be done.
Born on the farm where he now works in Gloucestershire, Adam gained a HND in Agriculture at Seale-Hayne Agricultural College in Newton Abbott, Devon, where he meet his business partner and friend Duncan Andrews. After graduation, the pair travelled for over a year through Australia working on sheep and arable stations, then a kiwi plantation in New Zealand, before returning to plant tea in the Atherton Tablelands in Queensland. After diving on the Great Barrier Reef, they returned via California and Canada.
Adam Henson's father started the Cotswold Farm Park which Adam now runs - and attracts over 70,000 visitors per annum - a 650 hectare estate, growing wheat, spring barley and oilseed rape, alongside a flock of 350 commercial ewes.
Adam broke into television during 2001 when, chosen from over 3500 applicants, he was successful in gaining a presenting position on the BBC's Countryfile programme after it ran a nationwide presenter search. Then, in 2013, Adam teamed up with celebrity chef Nigel Slater to co-present Nigel and Adam’s Farm Kitchen, a four-part series exploring how food gets from farm to fork, and how to make the most of seasonal produce.
He filmed three series for BBC Lambing Live alongside Kate Humble, the third series of which aired in spring 2014. Each series featured a year in the life of a sheep farmer with half of the programme live from the lambing shed based on the farm. Live television for Adam was fairly terrifying but thankfully Kate is a true professional and mentored him throughout. The programme was very well received by both the general public and sheep farmers, giving a true reflection of the trials, tribulations and joys of running a sheep flock.
In 2015 Adam Henson then presented a new series of BBC1’s Secret Britain with Ellie Harrison. This 3-part series discovered the Water World of Wales, the Mysterious Moors of Yorkshire and The Hidden Highland of Scotland. He’s also presented on Countryfile Summer Diaries, Big Wildlife Revival, BBC2’s Coast and Inside Out. Adam also writes a monthly column in Countryfile magazine, as their resident farmer, and the Cotswold Life magazine.