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Countrystride #125: Nature friendly farming champion: James Robinson from Strickley which, guest presenting for Mark and Dave, Radio 4's Caz Graham dons her boots for a day on the farm with organic dairy farmer, Chair of the Nature Friendly Farming Network and one of Cumbria's farming heroes, James Robinson. In a wide-ranging conversation with fifth-generation farmer 'James from Strickley' – in the shadow of The Helm – Caz and James delve deep into the world of regenerative farming, talk new life in a rewiggled Saint Sunday's Beck and discuss the beauty, utlity and nature benefits – 98 bird species! – of James' beloved laid hedges, as articulated by visting poet and beatboxer Testament. Looking back at old farm diaries, Caz is wowed by historic entries that juxtapose the whitewashing of cattle shippons with a collapsing world order. Surveying a farmed landscape with views to Morecambe Bay, James reflects on the John Marsden adage that you should 'Live as though you’ll die tomorrow, but farm as though you’ll live forever', and – following an invite to discuss farming at Number 10 – calls for ministers to engage in joined-up thinking that aligns farming and food production with health, access to the countryside, education and social care.

Saint Sunday Beck.

Our guest for the day: James Robinson, with son Robert.

James, and hedge.

'James from Strickley' - as his Twitter followers know him.

James' pedigree shorthorns (the black one is an Aberdeen Angus).

James outside No. 10.

James and Caz.

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Christine Harding
Christine Harding
26 may

Super podcast from James and Caz - full of information about Strickley and its history and management - loved the detail and dialect about the fields - and the stunning poem from Testament. Have been lucky enough to visit the farm with our farmers group - and taste the cheese! The place is just beautiful and James and his family are an inspiration.

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