'Ratty' set to make his national TV debut

Thursday 1st March 2018

Paul Pickett, FC Wildlife Ranger with Helen Skelton, BBC Countryfile presenter, photo Kay Barke

BBC Countryfile programme is coming from Kielder at 6.30pm this Sunday (4 March) and will feature a story on the 'Restoring Ratty' project.

The project is delivered by Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Forestry Commission and Tyne Rivers Trust and funded funded by money raised by National Lottery players through a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Presenter Helen Skelton and the team spent time exploring Kielder Water & Forest Park in February and filming the water-themed episode .

As the programme's researchers were looking for water and a stunning location with stories to tell, where better place for them to film than in this wonderful part of Northumberland?

The team met a host of characters, and the programme will tell four stories: water voles and the Restoring Ratty project with an interview with Paul Pickett, Forestry Commission Wildlife Ranger, Kielder Art & Architecture, activities on the water and the history of Kielder Water.

So tune in to BBC One at 6.30pm on Sunday night, meet the locals and people who work tirelssly across the Park in all weathers , and enjoy just some of the sights and tales that make Kielder one of the best destinations in Britain.