Adam Henson: Countryfile star opens up on career move ’It wasn’t a conscious decision’

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Countryfile host Adam Henson, 54, praised his “wonderful dad” Joe Henson for bringing him up on a farm surrounded by animals, which he insisted inspired him to get into farming. But, the presenter admitted he had never imagined being a presenter on Countryfile as well as a farmer. Adam joined the popular show in 2001 after his dad encouraged him to audition.

His father Joe, who died in 2015, was a farmer who founded the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and appeared as a host on BBC shows such as Animal Magic.

On following in his father’s footsteps, he explained to “No it wasn’t a conscious decision.

“It was a very, very fortunate position that I found myself in, having been born and brought up by such a wonderful dad, who was very entrepreneurial.”

On his upbringing, he added: “He had opened his farm to the public in 1971, he opened the Cotswold Farm Park, our first ever open farm in the country.

It was a very, very fortunate position that I found myself in

Adam Henson

“He was passionate about conservation and rare breeds and I was, you know, following in his footsteps really and following him around and learning from him.

“And then saw him on television and saw him working with the media.”

He added: “So when Countryfile did a presenter search back in 2001 he asked my partner, she worked in television.

“She encouraged me to apply for the job as my dad did the same, and then I did and amazingly got the job.”

Adam went on to say he was “lucky” to get the gig, adding: “It wasn’t ever on my roadmap of what I wanted to do.

“I’m delighted to be in the position I’m in, presenting. I really enjoy it.”

Adam fronts the show alongside the likes of Matt Baker, Anita Rani, Ellie Harrison and John Craven.

While educating the nation about rural, agricultural, and environmental topics, the presenters of the show have sometimes been faced with criticism after discussing “controversial” issues.

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The presenter said the BBC deal with letters of advice or complaints from viewers, with the hosts trying to be as impartial as impossible.

He divulged: “In the pieces as presenters, what we have to do is be as balanced as we possibly can be and show both sides of the argument if it’s a controversial issue.”

He went on to say: “We will interview experts who may be on either sides of the table, or either side of the argument and try and let them make their point and then the viewer can take their judgment and decide.

“So, I think it’s about the individual who’s watching making informed choices.”

Away from the show, Adam regularly gives his fans an insight into his Cotswolds farm on Instagram.

Last month, he introduced two new horses to his fans.

Alongside a video, he wrote: “We have a new addition to our Exmoor herd!

“Keeping an eye on mum and foal after some complications, but they both seem to be doing well today.”

Matt commented: “What a beauty hope all goes well.”

Countryfile continues today at 5.45pm on BBC One.

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