Countryfile: Helen Skelton cuts short BBC segment after frosty blizzard ‘Shall we leave?’

Countryfile: Helen Skelton cuts discussion with guest short

On Sunday’s Countryfile, Helen Skelton headed to the South Pennines, specifically Crompton Moor, to explore the stunning scenery and wildlife located just a “stone’s throw” from Manchester. However, as she delved into the impact frosty conditions has on the site, the BBC presenter ended up cutting an interview short so she didn’t get “snowed in”.

Helen wasn’t the only one battling with frosty conditions as co-host Adam Henson was also struggling with the aftermath of snowfall down in the Cotswolds.

But the blizzard-like weather took its toll while the cameras were rolling as Helen interviewed one of tonight’s guests.

The moment came when Helen explored the history of Crompton Moor and how it once used to survive and thrive after being covered in peatland.

However, the cotton industry in the north many decades ago had decimated the natural ecosystem – only for it now in 2021 to be making a comeback.

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Speaking to one of the people trying to get the ecosystem thriving again, Trish Justin, Helen and her guest headed to the hills to take a look at the moss which has been replanted.

However, it was evident from the off they hadn’t picked the best day to explore as snow hammered down on their journey.

“The trials that we’re running is looking at planting different groups of sphagnum moss species in different areas,” Trish began.

Helen was quick to ask about the snowy conditions’ effect: “Is it going to survive these kinds of conditions?”

“Absolutely. Absolutely,” Trish responded. “The weather conditions are not a problem for sphagnum.

“Sphagnum can go through freeze, thaw. You know, it does tolerate drying out, but it really likes the wet environment.”

“It’s a good job,” Helen joked, before asking: “What are the other benefits of sphagnum moss thriving, particularly in this part of the country?”

“Firstly, it’s to look at increasing the carbon storage of the area,” Trish explained.

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“And secondly, it’s to help with natural flood management processes, to alleviate flooding problems.”

By this point, the weather had become too much to bear, as Helen chimed in: “Isn’t it ironic that we’re talking about the potential benefits of sphagnum moss against adverse weather conditions,

“And we’re up here in these very challenging conditions?”

The relentless snowfall didn’t ease up and Helen decided it was time to call it a day.

“You are turning into a snow woman in front of my eyes,” she said.

Helen then suggested: “Shall we leave before we get snowed up here?

“Lovely as it is, I don’t wanna spend the night,” she asked, with Trish in agreement.

Even though their exploration was cut short, Helen and Trish found a drier spot to carry on their chat.

Countryfile continues Sundays on BBC One.

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