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Today's show is a green badge special, and we are greener than
a frog eating a broccoli and pea salad inside a recycling bin.
We've got eco-legends, we've got massive upcycling
-and we've got bees.
-That's right. Wait, what? Bees, again?
Yes! It's going to "bee" awesome.
-You're watching Blue Peter. As you can see,
we're in the Blue Peter Garden because our big badge boat bonanza
continues with a green badge special!
We love the green badge and it is super easy to get your hands on.
All you have to do is send us in a bit of post that's anything
to do with conservation or nature.
And what green badge special would be complete without George,
-our young gardener?
-What a legend!
-And George will be putting this man through his paces
in the BP fruit and veg garden, which, by the way,
is looking gorgeous.
As well as that, apparently bees are a gardener's best friend.
Well, I'm not sure I'd want loads of them crawling over my face.
Sadly, that's what happened to me.
It was very itchy. You can see that a little bit later on.
I'm also taking part in a massive upcycling project which took
two and a half years to film.
It's one of my favourites, stay tuned for that.
-As well as that, my favourite game. Whoa!
-A flying tortoise!
-That was close!
-Spot Shelley. If you can see her anywhere in the show,
get in touch and let us know where she's hiding.
-Found her! I win.
-Every single time.
Now, this badge is not just green in colour.
Everything about it is green.
It's made in a factory in the UK that's solar powered and...
Well, take a look at this.
RADZI: The green badge was the first of our BP badges to be made
from plastic left over from yoghurt pots!
The process starts with a new mould,
which was expertly created by design engineer Simon.
We start off with a 2D shape, give it a little bit of depth.
We then end up with a complete badge.
And then what we need to do is send some code to the milling machine,
which cuts away the surface of the metal, leaving the impression,
or lots of impressions, of a Blue Peter badge.
It takes 45 hours to cut out the mould,
which can make 36 badges at a time.
The device holds the mould ready for the recycled plastic.
Which, like many of the machines, actually runs off solar power.
The plastic is then heated to 240 Celsius.
Let's make some badges!
It then presses the plastic into the mould
and can make 3,500 badges per hour.
So, here we have our box filled with badges.
All they need now is a bit of colour.
But I think they're all white(!)
It's like all right but it...
To transform them into green badges, a printer,
similar to one you might have at home, is used
and 72 can be printed at any one time.
Finally, despite all these machines,
every single badge is finished by hand.
-Andy, lovely to meet you.
-Hello, Radzi, you OK?
Yeah, what are you doing here?
Just putting the pin on the back of the badge.
Then you just need a clasp on the back of the...
-Can I put it on?
-Yeah, of course you can.
-Thank you very much.
-There we go.
A clasp is now on and there we have it.
The finished product, made right here in the UK
from recycled plastic by machines which are powered by the sun.
And I think it looks absolutely fantastic.
What a day that was and think how much plastic got saved.
Think about all the green badges. You can earn yours, too.
If you want to, all you've got to do is send us some stuff
that's nature-inspired, conservation-inspired,
you know what you're doing.
You send it to us and we stick it on our Big Badge Wall.
It's looking very green this week.
We're proud of you lot at home, especially Tom,
who's earned his green badge.
He saw a little hedgehog going to look for nesting materials
in his garden. When he came back, he had a nice, big leaf.
Good spot, Tom. You've earned yourself a green badge.
Feast your eyes on this creation, sent to us by Megan.
Megan, the detail in this is incredible.
We have stones on the path.
-It's dedicated to the Yanomami tribe
and you've even included solar panels on the top.
Megan, you got yourself a green badge.
-Look at it.
-It's so good.
We love 3D post. We love books as well.
Connie's sent this in. This is her book of vegetables.
If you look inside, you'll see that's Connie,
holding one of her tomatoes that she's grown.
And the book basically takes you, step-by-step,
through five different fruits and veg that she's grown.
It's absolutely brilliant, Connie.
If you look at the front, we've grown you your very own green badge.
It's on its way to you.
Also, one of my favourite bits of post for a while,
because it's upcycling and recycling at the same time.
Look at that. Kate has sent a recycling bin.
It's got a little bit of a lid in there, it's got a bottle top,
another bottle top of a different kind.
If you see here, you haven't thrown that away,
we've put that in there for you, Kate.
Congratulations, a green badge on its way to you.
If you want to get a green badge,
all you've got to do is send in amazing green post,
just like this stuff here.
And you never know, we could even hand deliver it.
LINDSEY: We got a letter from this school in Stafford
inviting us to the grand opening
of a very special green classroom they've been creating.
We thought it sounded great
and there's nothing I like better than a party.
None of these guys know that I'm here today.
So, I've recorded a secret video message
to play at the end of their presentation.
Yep, this is going to be a surprise party.
Hey, guys. It's Lindsey here from Blue Peter.
I just want to say a huge well done from all of us here.
You have well and truly earned one of these bad boys.
I'm on a shoot today, so I'm a little bit far away
to hand deliver it myself.
They have absolutely no idea I'm right outside.
Time to have some fun.
Hey! Surprise! APPLAUSE
Listen, we think your classroom is amazing.
You have all well and truly earned yourselves a green badge.
Who wants one?
And the reason I'm handing out green badges
is because this grand opening is for an eco-classroom.
Over the last two years,
the guys involved have designed and built
an incredible outdoor learning space
that pupils here can use for years to come.
It's nearly ready for its grand unveiling.
But there's still a few jobs to do.
So, guys, I know there's a few finishing touches that need doing.
-Am I right? ALL:
-Can I help out?
-Are you sure? OK, let's go!
Featuring a bee hotel, bird boxes and a pond,
this design will create homes for local wildlife.
And the guys here have worked really hard throughout the build.
So, I've put on my gardening gloves.
-Shall we get gravelling? ALL:
-Come on, then. Who's on the wheelbarrow?
You know what, being on Team Gravel is a lot of hard work.
I'm going to go and see how some of the other teams are getting on.
-Bye, guys. ALL:
-I'll just leave that there.
-Lindsey, come and help with bee homes!
-Shall I help? OK, come on.
This is looking very good.
Very colourful. Lottie, what's going on here?
So, these are 5-star hotel bee homes.
But we haven't finished painting them yet.
-Would you like my help?
-Yes, we would.
I love painting. Painting I can do.
Where's a brush for me?
We need a brush for Mrs Lindsey.
-You can call me Lindsey, you don't have to call me Miss.
I'm not a teacher. Why are there little holes?
Well, you see, the bees,
they go in there and make all of their honey and their honeycomb.
It could be a bee and bee(!)
A bee and bee! Oh, she's good!
But it's not just bees that are lucky enough
to find a new home here.
It's also created space to grow plants.
Planting team, Edward, talk to me.
You're the boss. What do I need to do?
You have to loosen up the roots to help it grow.
So, give it a bit of a tickle, guys.
Just spread them.
I think that should be fine.
In. Go, go, go, cover it up!
And then do we press down a little bit?
-OK, it's looking good.
And there's even some of the most colourful bird boxes I've ever seen.
How's it going? You are all covered in paint!
-Are you going to get told off?
So, we've got a load of bird boxes here. What's your box?
Because that looks pretty cool and a little bit different.
It's a bat box.
Amazing! What does it feel like today
seeing the garden all come together?
You must be quite proud of yourself.
-I didn't think it would turn out like this.
-Is it better than you thought it would be?
After a final tidy up...
..I get to crack out the scissors.
So, guys, massive congratulations on all your hard work.
I now declare this eco-garden officially open!
This has been brilliant.
And what an amazing space.
It's not just these guys that are going to get to benefit from this.
All the schools in Stafford are going to be able to come here
and get involved and use this eco-classroom.
And that is exactly what the green badge is all about.
You know what, I think that's one of my favourite badge hits ever.
I loved it. Well done, everyone.
That's because they were eco-legends. Speaking of which,
I'll see you in a bit. I want you to walk down here with me for a second.
I'm going to introduce you now to another legend.
It's always great to have him on the show. George, so good to see you.
-How you doing?
-I'm great, thank you.
Up top. So, eight weeks ago we were here and it was just a mud bath.
There was nothing but soil. We had a bit of a planting session.
-And now look at it.
I know, it looks incredible, doesn't it?
Courgettes over there.
There's lettuce. The veg is growing and, quite frankly,
them beans look like they've outgrown that framework.
Yes, they really have. It's amazing to think this much growth can happen
in only eight weeks' time. You can see why it's important to keep
a garden well-maintained because it grows very quickly, doesn't it?
-How do I know what a weed is and what a plant is?
Which is something I don't have, which is why you're here.
But for those at home that might want to get involved?
What's the best way for them to know?
Well, the best way, really,
is to look at images on the internet and find out what a weed looks like,
then compare it to the other plants your garden.
OK, fine. So, what are we doing today?
Yeah, today we're going to harvest some plants.
I think we should start with maybe them courgettes.
Perfect. They're really lovely, aren't they?
They're looking fab.
Here we are. So, you see that one at the back?
-The big one?
-We're going to take that off.
So, these plants actually can be quite spiky.
It doesn't look like it, but they're very rough.
So you've got to wear gloves when doing this.
Also, the fruit is actually quite hard on the plant.
You've got to take them off using scissors.
-OK, no worries.
-Going to get that one there, I'm going to cut it.
Just at that green bit, there.
-There we go.
-You harvest, I'll hold. That's the deal.
So there is one down here that we're just going to get now.
OK. I'll move out your way.
Thank you. We're going to get that one.
That one's going to be nice and sweet, because it's quite small.
Is that how it works? The smaller, the sweeter?
Yes. And there is some kale down here as well.
-It's good to get this. We'll get it down there.
So, we'll get a few leaves off this and this can go into salad.
Could do a little courgette and kale salad.
This is brilliant. It's like having your own shop in the back garden.
-That's really good, that.
-Now, because we're over here, we could maybe get some beans.
How do you know which ones to pick? I guess the biggest ones, right?
The biggest ones are, for once, the better ones.
But not too big. Again, they can get a bit bitter.
I've learned quite a lot today.
The smaller the better when it comes to vegetables?
If they're really small, they're sweet and they're juicy.
If they're too big, they're bitter?
For example, this one is a perfect-sized one.
So I'm going to get that one.
-Lovely. Thank you.
-Oh, I can see a really, really big one.
Oh, wow, that's incredible.
I think I've got plenty here for a salad, George.
-Thank you very much.
Always a pleasure to see you in the garden.
Thank you for all your help. And thank you for all your top tips.
A round of applause for George, everyone.
-What a ledge.
-You know what? The garden's actually looking great.
It really is. But we can't just thank George for the hard work.
-Don't thank me, mate. I just turned up, he picked the veg
and I'm holding it, simple as that. Quite an easy day today.
No, I'm talking about the bees.
-Ah, yes, the bees.
-Because they've been pollinating the plants
throughout the spring and summer.
-We know someone who knows all about bees, don't we?
-I don't remember...
-It was me!
Do you not remember my bee challenge?
-Who could forget?
Shall we remind you? Have a look at this.
Welcome to Quince Honey Farm in Devon,
the home to almost 100 million bees.
Normally those bees are in hives, making honey.
Sweet little bees.
Except today, they're going to be on my face.
I'm attempting an ancient tradition called the beard of bees,
a practice that dates way back to the early 1800s and involves having
potentially thousands of bees on my face.
It's a challenge with a history on Blue Peter,
and was last attempted by Helen in 2009.
But after 20 minutes of having the bees crawling on her,
they eventually lost patience.
Ow! Stung me, stung me! On my face, on my face.
Yes, she's got a sting on her face.
-All right. OK.
And now I want to see if I can go one better and complete the beard.
But before I attempted the challenge,
I wanted to find out a bit more about the bees themselves.
This is Ian.
He's a honey farmer and looks after all the hives here.
Ian, how you doing?
-Good, thanks. How you doing?
-Well, I'm OK.
I'm a little bit nervous being around all these bees.
What exactly are you looking out for?
I'm just checking the health of the colony, really,
just seeing what's happening inside.
Central to my challenge today is the queen bee.
And she is vital to any bee colony.
The queen is usually the mother to most, if not all,
the bees in the hive.
Is that her, number 44?
-That's it, you've got it.
Why do you choose her to be the queen? Who makes that decision?
The bees make that decision.
-When the colony needs to change the queen,
it's the worker bees that will decide.
They'll take an egg laid by the original queen
-and they just treat it differently.
And that's what changes it,
either into a worker bee or into a queen bee.
I am nervous for later, though.
At least we've got these massive suits on.
Yeah, but you won't have later.
Yes, you heard that right, no more bee suit for me.
But how do I get the bees on my face?
So, we'll take the queen bee, who's already in a cage,
and then we're going to transfer her onto your chin.
She emits a pheromone, a smell.
The other bees want to be near her.
They've been separated from their queen for about an hour.
So now they're really pleased to see her.
-They'll just follow her.
-I guess the question is,
how do you know if you've got the perfect bee beard?
It's a question of fashion.
What do you like?
A nice strip 'tash?
Ooh, a goatee?
Nah. Not sure about that.
Now, that, I like.
You know what, I think I'm going to keep it traditional
and go for a big, bushy beard.
To stop the bees getting in my ears or up my nose,
I'm using cotton wool to plug the holes.
This is weird. Do I look good?
And Ian helps me apply a balm around my eyes that the bees can't walk on.
Is it because they'll slip off?
Exactly, yes. They don't want to walk on a surface that's slippery.
Let's go and meet the bees.
There's one. There's one!
-Follow that one!
-I'm working with experts and have a medic nearby.
Do NOT try this at home.
The first thing I need to do is get used to the feel of the bees.
Ian wants me to touch the bees with my hand...
I'm shaking so much.
..so I can get used to the feeling of them on my skin.
-That's it, good.
Right. Let's do this.
I just want you to put your chin over here, like this.
Uhh, OK. OK, OK, OK.
At first I can barely bring myself to touch the bees with my chin.
This is a truly bizarre and nerve-racking experience.
I can't even open my mouth to speak.
Good. That's all right. That was a bee's leg gripping onto your chin.
-What we're going to do now,
we're going to take the queen bee away from the cluster and
-we're going to position her under your chin. OK?
-Let's go for it.
Let's do it, let's do it, let's do it.
I've never done something more for the badge.
-You might have one or two land your face now.
So try to keep calm.
It's on my hand.
Ian takes the queen and ties her around my chin.
This is really going to start to feel uncomfortable,
but you're handling it really well now.
We top up and we attract more bees by you leaning forwards.
As the bees start coming across onto my face,
I'm feeling more and more uneasy.
You're doing really good. Really well.
I need to keep as calm and still as possible.
But that's easier said than done
when you have bees crawling on your face.
Good, well done.
It's so hard not to flinch.
But just when I think things are starting to go well...
Ow, ow, ow!
I've been stung.
Once one bee has stung,
it sends a signal to all the others that they're in danger.
And then I'm stung for a second time.
I don't want to get stung.
Ian steps in to call it off.
It wasn't to be for me today and for mine and the bees' safety,
the challenge was brought to a halt.
But it's not all bad news.
How many did I get on, like, ten?
-No, no, no, there was a few hundred there.
But as soon as you got the sting on the forehead...
Ow, ow, ow!
I know, I panicked. And then it stung my lip,
which I can feel is getting bigger and bigger.
-You did come away with a goatee.
-Yeah, yeah. I'm so impressed.
-So impressed with that.
-Ow, it hurts to smile.
You know what, standing here now, at the end of today's challenge,
I am proud. Because I was very, very nervous
and I managed to face my fear,
quite literally put my face into a load of bees, which I was scared of.
So, at least I'm not afraid of bees any more.
You know what, I did find that really difficult. But a great day,
and also good to keep the BP tradition of challenges going.
You know what, as BP presenters, we really do get the chance to do
some quite incredible stuff.
And at this point I should probably share some news with you.
It's been an amazing six and a half years for me here on Blue Peter.
But I've decided it's time for me to hang up my BP badge and move on to
new adventures. I've got to say a huge thank you to you, the audience.
You've been absolutely amazing.
Not just your support, but the stuff you've sent in as well,
all the pictures of me doing various challenges over the years.
I've loved being a part of your Blue Peter journey, too.
But it's time for me to go. I'm not going just yet,
I'm going on September the 14th, so plenty of time left yet.
Let's make these last few shows as amazing as possible.
So now it's over to you.
We want you to send in all of your favourite Barney memories.
Whether it's a picture, whether it's a model.
That's right. Or you could send in some happier, funny memories,
just like when Barney always falls up the step
-at the start of a live show.
-I never see it!
Or my favourite, when you went Cossack dancing in Ukraine.
Did you like my costume?
-The outfit, I loved it.
-I thought so.
-Or it could be one of Barney's
famous falls, whether it be him falling out of a tin bath,
his award-winning dive or his fall down a vert ramp on a scooter.
That award-winning dive really hurt my head.
Anyway, get in touch. Can't wait to hear from you, as always.
Now, one of the biggest films I've ever done on Blue Peter took
two and a half years to complete.
If you think you've seen upcycling, think again.
Have a look at this.
BARNEY: This is King's Cross in London
and right now this part of the capital
is getting a bit of a face-lift.
That's because this is the biggest building site in Europe.
So big it covers a massive 67 acres.
That's about the same as 43 football pitches side-by-side.
So, work is underway to create 50 new buildings, 2,000 new homes,
20 new streets and ten public squares.
And that's going to be home to 45,000 people.
So, if you think about it, that's like a city within a city.
It's a giant project that will take ten years to complete
and totally change this part of London.
But while they've been transforming this area,
there have been a few things that have stood in their way.
Gas holders. Huge structures built to store gas so it was instantly
available to heat people's homes.
At one time, they were dotted around towns and cities across the UK.
Now, technology has moved on, and many are no longer needed.
But they're part of the landscape,
and have become Grade II listed buildings.
And that means they can't be demolished.
So, when the architects were making plans for this King's Cross site,
they had to include these 150-year-old gas holder structures,
and they had to be refurbished,
and they had to be included in this project.
It's a great idea.
It's basically a giant bit of upcycling,
and we love upcycling on BP.
So, we're going to be following this project as it happens
over the next few years.
Yes, that's right, I said years.
We begin by talking to lead engineer, Morwenna.
I don't think many building sites have been classified as glamorous
locations, but I love it here.
So, why was the decision made to not just sort of scrap them,
get rid of them, and just build on this site without them here?
King's Cross is going under a massive redevelopment at the moment,
and one of the iconic things about King's Cross
is actually these gas holder structures.
They mean something to all the people
who've ever come to King's Cross on the train,
and they mean things to the people who live here.
We're really excited about taking these and trying to do something new
and exciting with them,
but retaining the heritage and the character of the site.
Being more than 100 years old, though,
it's safe to say the gas holders need a bit of love.
Well, that happens up here, 200 miles away, in Barnsley.
The massive steel pillars are taken down and moved to Yorkshire.
Numerous coats of paint have been battered
by decades of British weather.
This all needs to be taken off, to strip back to the metal beneath.
And if there's one thing I love, it's using a hammer,
so I'm not missing this.
Expert Richard shows me how.
We use the pointed hammer.
And then you just chip away.
If you look at this here,
you can see all the different individual layers of the paint.
-That's unbelievable, really, isn't it?
But it's all coming off
to get a brand-new coat of long-lasting paint.
Once I've chipped it.
-How many more of these?
-I would say about 49 to 50.
49 to 50 more of these...
-There's all the pillars, there's all the latticework.
It really is a serious project, isn't it?
Once all the old paint is stripped off and the metalwork is cleaned up,
it's time to apply a fresh coat.
This will leave the gas holders looking as good as new and protect
them from the elements for years to come.
I think you'll agree, the work the engineers are doing is absolutely
amazing and I cannot wait to see how it all looks when it's put back
together again in its new home in King's Cross.
But that takes time.
Lots of time. It's more than a year later before all the columns
are restored and ready to put back in place in London.
And when they are, I'm here to help.
Just the size of these things is incredible.
Each pillar weighs up to ten tonnes.
It takes one day for one column.
That's how heavy they are and how big a job this is.
So, once the column's been lifted into place, it needs to be secured,
and that's where I come in.
I just don't know what I'm doing, yet,
but I imagine that all this money and time and manpower invested,
it's going to be something pretty hi-tech.
I reckon it's going to be something like a crane, or maybe, you know,
like, a laser.
Or a really big spanner.
That's right. Even on the most state-of-the-art building project,
sometimes you just need a bit of elbow grease.
So, there you have it, one more column stands proudly in place.
Just another 107 to go.
Two and a half years after I first visited the site,
I am back to see the finished result, and I cannot wait.
I mean, just look at that.
Project director, Tom, can tell me how this giant restoration
has come together.
The last time I stood down there,
it was just a bit of mud and some stones and now look at it.
What a project. Tom, so you're the project director.
You must be very happy with how things have gone.
Yeah, we're very pleased. It's been a long five years of effort
from a huge team and we're almost at the end of
what is a completely unique building
for not only London but for the rest of the world.
I think it's been just over two years for me actually being involved
with it. It's been quite an epic undertaking, hasn't it?
It's been a labour of love a for a lot of people involved.
Our vision for King's Cross was always to create a new destination,
a new place for London that people felt was part of the city but was a
completely unique experience.
And we really feel the gas holders is right at the heart of that
and everyone's very proud of the result.
It's been an absolute pleasure to be part of it. Thank you.
Thank you for your help. And any time you want to
pick up a paintbrush, you're welcome to come back.
Yeah, maybe not. What I love about this project
is that it's transformed a part of London that was almost forgotten
and will now provide modern homes and affordable housing.
This has got to be one of the biggest upcycling projects
I've ever been a part of on Blue Peter.
In fact, I think in Blue Peter's history.
It just goes to show that if there's something old, don't throw it away,
you can turn it into something new.
Look at what they've done with this place. It's beautiful.
Do you know what? Only on Blue Peter could you do a film like that.
Such a long time to film it, but it was so, so worth it. So much fun.
Amazing. That is sadly just about all we've got time for today,
but not before we tell you where Shelley was hiding.
Let's take a look.
There she is, eating her way through the lettuce.
-Classic Shells, Linds.
She love a bit of lettuce. She actually does, in real life.
She genuinely does.
Next week, the big badge boat bonanza.
-Did I say that right?
It continues with the purple badge, my favourite.
So, it's all about you. We've listened to what you want.
You want epic guitar skills, extreme cheese, and loads of BP fans,
and that's what we to give you.
Don't forget, you can get your own purple badge by signing one of the
purple badge forms just like what George has done.
George, tell us what you'd like to see on the show.
So, I'd like to see the history of Blue Peter,
so the old presenters,
where the name came from, and just generally about it.
You're a genius. We'll see what we can do.
But also, that's how easy it is to get a purple badge.
George, you've well and truly earned your very own purple badge!
-There you go.
You've welly and truly earnt it.
That's because it was a garden show.
-So, would you like to earn a purple badge?
Of course you would. How do you do it?
You jump on to the Blue Peter website,
where you can also get involved
in the case of the missing Radzi's wrestling outfit.
It wasn't me.
It's a good job Robin Stevens, murder mystery author,
is on the case.
Jump onto the website,
see what evidence you can use to help solve the case as well.
And while you're there, take a look at this.
Shelley and I are still cycling around the world.
The plan is to get around the world in 80 days
and I'm over a quarter of the way around the planet.
I think you'll agree, lots to keep you entertained there. Have fun.
Right, are we done? Because there's some gardening to be done.
All right, George! Getting a bit big for his boots, isn't he?
No, they fit quite perfectly, thank you.
-Taught him everything he knows.
-Come on, you three.
Oh, before I forget,
there's only three weeks left for you to earn
your 2017 limited edition Blue Peter sport badge. Happy dance! Hey!
-Come on, Radzi.
It's a green badge special. Barney takes on a gigantic upcycling project. Lindsey surprises some green superstars, and young gardener George is back for an update on the Blue Peter garden.