Letters, pigs and the effect of the oil spill


The April BV Podcast begins, as it does every month, with this month’s letter from the editor and all the latest reader’s letters. This month we then move on to three interviews. Jenny Devitt chats to Giles Simpson, Chairman of the G&S Show ahead of this weekend’s Spring Countryside Show.

Next Terry spoke to journalist Andrew Livingston as he discusses the current outcomes on the Poole Harbour oil spill. Lastly, we hear from local farmer Lillie Smith as she tells BV listeners about her rare breed pigs

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  • The Spring Countryside Show is BACK! The first show of the year in Dorset’s rural events calendar is this weekend, and Jenny chats to Giles Simpson, the Gilingham & Shaftesbury Show Chairman, about what’s in store at Turnpike Showground.
  • Journalist Andrew Livingston as he discusses the current outcomes on the Poole Harbour oil spill. Although initial fears around the spill were quickly calmed, the long-lasting effects are still unknown. 
  • For Lillie Smith, it all began with Cynthia. A huge Gloucester Old Spot pig, Cynthia lived on a farm where Lillie, a student at the time, had a weekend job mucking out horses. The young farmer takes a break from her farm in Shillingstone where she lives with husband Morgan, their four children ranging from two to eleven and seven of the rarest of pig breeds, Oxford Sandy and Blacks.


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