HEREFORDSHIRE schoolchildren will feature on a popular BBC One programme in the coming days.

Children from St. Thomas Cantilupe School in Hereford were fortunate enough to be filmed by Countryfile recently, for an episode focusing on the work being done to save Herefordshire's river Wye.

The project, Stories of Change, is funded through an #iwillfund grant via Herefordshire Community Foundation and is an opportunity for the children, who are all in Year 5, to find out more about the pollution of the river Wye.

So far, the children have met campaigners and some of the groups held responsible for the pollution. They have created artwork and started to plan short films for a launch at The Bishop's Palace on June 26.


Countryfile filmed a session where the children met representatives of the Friends of the Upper Wye and a local citizen scientist called Fran.

The children gathered natural materials from around the river and then worked with poet Jean Atkin to create 'spells' to reverse the state of pollution within the river. They then watched a short film about the state of the river Wye made by The Friends of the Upper Wye and there was a Q and A session where each group asked the other questions.

Teacher Sarah Watkins said: "We all walked to the Victoria Bridge to work with the citizen scientist and this is where we met Anita Rani. The children learned how to collect water and test it for phosphates.

Ledbury Reporter:

"The children were extremely excited to meet Anita and asked her lots of questions about her time on Strictly which she was happy to answer."

Presenters Matt Baker, Anita Rani, and Adam Henson will also be meeting a local cider maker turned citizen science champion, and a farmer trying to do his bit to save the river.

The episode will broadcast on BBC One at 6pm on March 19.

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