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A campaign group in Northern Ireland is helping to develop a major European walking trail – The Columban Way – which traces the pilgrim routes of the 6th century Irish monk, Saint Columbanus.   But they say that public sector bureaucracy is frustrating their progress by denying access to a short stretch of the river Quoile in County Down.  Kathleen Carragher met campaigners, Cadogan Enright and...

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  When Kerry Glass got married eight years ago she never expected to become a full time farmer. Her husband, James worked alongside his father on the family farm and she was a hairdresser in the nearby town of Garvagh in Co Londonderry.  But the family's fortunes changed dramatically when James' father lost his eyesight in the space of just 12 months.  Kerry told Kathleen Carragher...

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Ever since Syrian refugee Wejdan Ghazal and her son, Hussain, moved to Northern Ireland, she's dreamed of having some land of her own to grow fruit and vegetables.  She's from a rural background and misses working on a farm.  Recently she's come a bit closer towards fulfilling that ambition through the help of a charity which has established, Seedbed, a community vegetable project, near Strangford...

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Helen Keys is a farmer of many parts. She and her husband, Charlie, are trying to revive NI's flax growing industry on their farm in County Tyrone.  She's Northern Ireland's vice chair of the Nature Friendly Farming Network; she's an entrepreneurial adviser to agricultural students and she's also the creator of a website called Source Grow.  She told Karen Patterson how it works. A report for...

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Debbie Gillies is on a mission to save Ireland's native wild seeds. She did a training course at Kew's Millenium Seed Bank, in 2016, to help establish True Harvest Seeds, a charity she runs with fellow experts and volunteers, near Strangford in Country Down. Sean McDermott and colleagues look after the gardens at L'Arche care community, in East Belfast. They've made several trips to Strangford to...

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In recent years Northern Ireland's Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has introduced measures limiting the size of brown crabs which can be landed. Now it has gone further, banning fishermen from catching immature soft shelled crabs. Brian Chambers is a founder member of the Sea Source co-operative, based at Kilkeel Harbour, in County Down. He was involved in the negotiations over the new rules....

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In Northern Ireland, the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE)  is running a series of workshops to advise farmers on how to cope with spiraling costs.  Around 30 farmers attended an event hosted by Sam Chesney, at his beef and sheep farm, near Kircubbin, in County Down. Kathleen Carragher reports.   A report for BBC Radio 4's Farming Today Broadcast June 2022   Reporter: Kathleen Carragher Producer: John Deering   [audio...

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In Lochaber near Fort William, fish farmers and anglers are working together to try to revitalise one of the most important salmon rivers in the West Highlands.  Jon Gibb,  fishery manager of the River Lochy Association, explained the project to Kathleen Carragher. A report for BBC Radio 4's Farming Today Broadcast June 2022   Reporter: Kathleen Carragher Producer: John Deering     [audio mp3="https://www.yamal.co.uk/cms/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/salmon-1.mp3"][/audio]      ...

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Jubilee Farm in County Antrim, was set up four years ago as Northern Ireland's first Community Supported Agriculture venture. It recently hosted an Open Day to encourage others to find out more about this farming model.  Around 20 growers turned up for a tour. Kathleen Carragher joined them as they were shown around the farm which sells meat and vegetable boxes. A report for BBC Radio...

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The Prince Charles Foundation is officially announcing, on Farming Today, plans for a new rural skills training centre at Dumfries House, in Ayrshire.  The two thousand acre estate, one of the west of Scotland's most popular visitor attractions, already runs courses on work opportunities in areas like textiles and catering.    The rural skills centre, which will open next year, wants to attract new entrants...

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