Christmas Special Down on the Farm


Christmas Special

Series looking at farm life. Storm learns all about the most festive vegetable - the brussel sprout! JB learns how Christmas trees are grown.


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# Come join us down on the farm today

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# Learn about nature along the way

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# From seeds to crops and field to farm

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# So much to do down on the farm

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# Summer, autumn, winter, spring

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# Ploughing, planting, harvesting With JB and Storm to lead the way

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# Come join us down on the farm today. #

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CHICKEN CLUCKS, COCKEREL CROWS

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Hello. I'm JB and welcome to a very special Christmas Down On The Farm.

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It may be the festive season,

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but there's still plenty of work to be done.

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While I feed my pigs, let's find out what's coming up today.

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Storm and I visit a special family-run farm.

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We learn about holly and mistletoe.

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And I discover how Christmas trees are grown.

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But first, Storm finds out about a popular festive vegetable.

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So come and join us Down On The Farm.

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I've come to this farm on a wintry day in East Lothian

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to find out about a little green vegetable

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that proves very popular at Christmas time.

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The Brussels sprout. So, let's go and see how it is harvested.

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This is Farmer Billy in one of his sprout fields.

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Helping him today are his grandchildren,

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Colm, Lily,

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Gray and Summer. Hi, guys.

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It's such a rainy day, but it's so lovely to see you here.

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High five. Well done for coming out in the rain.

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So, Farmer Billy, I hear you grow loads of Brussels sprouts

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-on your farm.

-Yep, we grow millions every year.

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-Where do you hide them?

-They're all under here, aren't they?

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Look at that. There are so many Brussels sprouts there.

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-How many Brussels sprouts do you think are on a plant?

-62.

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-53 on them.

-So, Farmer Billy, did they get it right?

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-50 to 60 sprouts is a close average on every plant.

-Well done, guys.

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I hear you can make a noise with the sprouts.

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SPROUTS SQUEAK

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The leaves have a waxy coating to protect them

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from a rainy day like today.

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It's the wax that makes the sprouts squeak.

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How long does it take the Brussels sprouts to grow?

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-Approximately four months.

-Four months, that's a long time.

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-Shall see how they're harvested?

-Yes.

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This is a sprout harvesting machine,

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which first cuts the plants, strips off the sprouts

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and sucks them into a container called a hopper.

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The stalks and leaves are chopped up

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and dropped on the ground to feed the soil.

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The sprouts are then tipped into a crate on a lorry ready

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to go to the pack house.

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The sprouts go on to a conveyor belt

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and are shaken to get rid of any leaves.

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They are sorted by size and checked for any damaged sprouts.

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They are then weighed and packaged up.

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It's our turn to help.

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We've dried off, washed our hands and put protective hairnets

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and jackets on.

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So the sprouts are now ready for the shops.

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So tell me, what are we feeding the cows?

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Sprouts that have been damaged while they have been harvested.

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So the sprouts that can't be sold in the shops are used to feed the cows.

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-It really looks like they're enjoying them, doesn't it?

-Yes.

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Thanks for telling me about Brussels sprouts

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and I'll be thinking of you while I'm tucking into Christmas dinner.

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-Have you enjoyed today?

-CHILDREN: Yes.

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Now it's time to find out what else happens during this festive time.

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Here, December is the darkest month of the year with just

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eight hours of daylight a month.

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So we brighten up our lives with millions of twinkling lights

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shining through the dark.

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These lights can attract small birds.

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The bright glow makes the birds feel safer

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during the long, dark nights.

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In the weeks before Christmas, many farmers are extra busy

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harvesting food for millions of Christmas dinners.

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While some of us go to the shops to buy what we need,

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for lots of animals food is hard to find,

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especially when it's covered in snow.

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Clever squirrels feed on the nuts they have stored up in the autumn.

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Sheep need extra food like hay delivered by farmers.

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Garden feeders are used all over the country for hungry birds.

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These sheep seem to be enjoying the snow.

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Nearly as much as we do.

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The festive season might be the busiest, but for some animals

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like this tiny dormouse, they simply sleep through the whole thing.

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Hello, we are here today at a very special family farm in Oxfordshire.

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We're going to use our senses to discover

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some of the activities you can do here.

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And we'll be getting to know some of the animals too.

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Let's meet the family that created this fantastic farm.

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This is Nick and his family, who own this amazing farm.

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Our inspiration was my daughter Olivia, who has cerebral palsy.

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We found there weren't many places

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we could visit with the whole family,

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cos most people who have disabled children

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also have children who aren't disabled.

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We wanted to create a place the whole family can enjoy together.

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-Smell this and now smell your hands.

-Hi, guys.

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You look like you're having lots of fun. What are you doing?

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We are smelling the flowers.

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-Smelling the flowers. What do they smell like?

-They smell nice.

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Shall we smell some of these?

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-What does that smell like?

-Lemons.

-Lemons.

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It does smell like lemons. Do you want to smell this one?

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It smells like toothpaste.

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It does.

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-So we're using our senses to discover the plants.

-Yes.

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-Look at them. They're great, aren't they?

-Say paca. Alpaca.

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-Alpaca.

-Tyler, what do you like most about the alpacas?

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I love their fluffy coats and their big eyes.

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-They have really big eyes, don't they?

-Yes.

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As well as discovering animals

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and using your senses, there's also places to play and learn.

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Guys, are you having fun?

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Are you ready? Go!

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-Do you like it when the water comes out the hole at the bottom?

-Yes.

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We put the water up here, it tips, the water flows down

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and we can use these little handles to control the flow of the water.

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What happens if we close this?

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Oh! What happens?

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No more water coming out.

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There's so much to do here

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exploring all of the different places on the farm.

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Have we all had fun?

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ALL: Yes!

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Now it's time for our festive poem.

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Winter, winter, dressed in white

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Winter, winter, came last night

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Winter, winter, cold winds blow

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Winter, winter brought us snow

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Winter, winter, frosty air

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Winter, winter, everywhere

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Winter, winter, robin bright

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Winter, winter, merry sight

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Winter, winter, Christmas Day

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Winter, winter, time to play

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Winter, winter, snowmen stand

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Winter, winter, wonderland!

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From both of us here on Down On The Farm

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we want to wish you a very merry Christmas.

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TRACTOR TOOTS, HENS CLUCK

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Look at all these beautiful Christmas trees here

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on this farm in East Sussex.

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There are over 20,000 Christmas trees on this farm

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and lots of different kinds. I'm meeting Farmer Clive to tell me more.

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-You look very busy.

-I am.

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We've been labelling trees because they are ready for Christmas.

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How long have these trees taken to grow this big?

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-It's taken nine years to grow.

-That is a long time.

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-How do these trees start life?

-Would you like me to show you?

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Absolutely, let's do it.

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So, Farmer Clive, are these the baby Christmas trees?

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Yes, we call these saplings and one day they'll grow

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to be as big as the trees we saw over in the other field.

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Why are all these trees in little pots in the ground?

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We grow them in pots so that when we dig them up

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they still have their roots.

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This means they can carry on growing and be re-used as a Christmas tree.

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Not all Christmas trees are grown in pots.

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Some are grown in the ground and cut down in time for Christmas.

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Well, JB, these trees in pots are ready to be dug up.

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All right. Let's get digging.

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-You are doing well, JB.

-Thanks, Farmer Clive.

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You should be able to pull it out now.

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Look at all those roots.

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Lots of them, aren't there?

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This tree still has its roots so it can be replanted

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and continue growing after Christmas. Well, that was fun.

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What else do you do to get the trees ready for people to buy?

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-Get in the truck and I'll show you.

-Cool.

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This is where we put the tree through the netting machine,

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so it's easy to take home for Christmas.

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-Perfect, can I have a go?

-Of course you can. Phil is here to help.

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Keep going. Just keep going until it falls out of the netter.

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Keep going, keep going. There you go.

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Thank you, Farmer Clive, for showing us your Christmas tree farm.

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-Thank you for coming to visit me, JB.

-Next up, our festive film.

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Plants and trees which stay green all year round,

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never losing their leaves, are called evergreens.

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People have been bringing evergreens into their homes

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during winter for a long time.

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Their fresh smell, colourful leaves

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and bright berries remind us that spring is not so far away.

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Holly is an evergreen which can grow as a bush and as a tree.

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Sometimes the trees can grow very tall.

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It's famous for its red berries and prickly green leaves.

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But only the leaves that grow nearer the ground have sharp prickles.

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This stops grazing animals, like deer and cattle, from eating them.

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Another popular Christmas evergreen is mistletoe.

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Its bright, white berries are

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an important winter food for some birds.

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Mistletoe doesn't grow out of the ground like most plants

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and trees - instead, it grows on trees.

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It takes water from the tree

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through its roots, which grow into the tree bark.

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Evergreens like these can be woven together

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and then used to decorate homes over the festive season.

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Storm and I have had a fantastic festive time Down On The Farm.

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We hope you've enjoyed it too.

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You can check out more things to see and do on the CBeebies website. Bye.

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# Come join us down on the farm today

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# Learn about nature along the way

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# From seeds to crops and field to farm

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# So much to do down on the farm

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# Summer, autumn, winter, spring

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# Ploughing, planting, harvesting With JB and Storm to lead the way. #

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Have a very merry Christmas. Bye.

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Storm meets Farmer Billy and learns all about brussel sprouts - a very festive vegetable! Both Storm and JB visit a very special family-run farm and share the Down on the Farm festive poem. JB discovers how Christmas trees are grown with Farmer Clive, and we find out about mistletoe and holly.


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