Green Badge Special! Blue Peter


Green Badge Special!

It's a green badge special. Barney takes on a gigantic upcycling project. Lindsey surprises some green superstars, and young gardener George is back.


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Today's show is a green badge special, and we are greener than

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a frog eating a broccoli and pea salad inside a recycling bin.

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We've got eco-legends, we've got massive upcycling

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-and we've got bees.

-That's right. Wait, what? Bees, again?

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Yes! It's going to "bee" awesome.

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-Stop it.

-Buzz off.

-OK!

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-ALL:

-Hello!

-You're watching Blue Peter. As you can see,

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we're in the Blue Peter Garden because our big badge boat bonanza

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continues with a green badge special!

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We love the green badge and it is super easy to get your hands on.

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All you have to do is send us in a bit of post that's anything

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to do with conservation or nature.

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And what green badge special would be complete without George,

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-our young gardener?

-Hello!

-Hello, George.

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-What a legend!

-And George will be putting this man through his paces

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in the BP fruit and veg garden, which, by the way,

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is looking gorgeous.

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As well as that, apparently bees are a gardener's best friend.

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Well, I'm not sure I'd want loads of them crawling over my face.

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Sadly, that's what happened to me.

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It was very itchy. You can see that a little bit later on.

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I'm also taking part in a massive upcycling project which took

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two and a half years to film.

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It's one of my favourites, stay tuned for that.

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-As well as that, my favourite game. Whoa!

-Wow!

-Wow!

-A flying tortoise!

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-That was close!

-Spot Shelley. If you can see her anywhere in the show,

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get in touch and let us know where she's hiding.

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-Found her! I win.

-Every single time.

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Now, this badge is not just green in colour.

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Everything about it is green.

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It's made in a factory in the UK that's solar powered and...

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Well, take a look at this.

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RADZI: The green badge was the first of our BP badges to be made

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from plastic left over from yoghurt pots!

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The process starts with a new mould,

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which was expertly created by design engineer Simon.

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We start off with a 2D shape, give it a little bit of depth.

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We then end up with a complete badge.

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And then what we need to do is send some code to the milling machine,

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which cuts away the surface of the metal, leaving the impression,

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or lots of impressions, of a Blue Peter badge.

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It takes 45 hours to cut out the mould,

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which can make 36 badges at a time.

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The device holds the mould ready for the recycled plastic.

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Which, like many of the machines, actually runs off solar power.

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The plastic is then heated to 240 Celsius.

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Let's make some badges!

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It then presses the plastic into the mould

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and can make 3,500 badges per hour.

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So, here we have our box filled with badges.

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All they need now is a bit of colour.

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But I think they're all white(!)

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It's like all right but it...

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To transform them into green badges, a printer,

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similar to one you might have at home, is used

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and 72 can be printed at any one time.

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Finally, despite all these machines,

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every single badge is finished by hand.

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-Andy, lovely to meet you.

-Hello, Radzi, you OK?

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Yeah, what are you doing here?

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Just putting the pin on the back of the badge.

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Then you just need a clasp on the back of the...

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-Can I put it on?

-Yeah, of course you can.

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-Thank you very much.

-There we go.

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A clasp is now on and there we have it.

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The finished product, made right here in the UK

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from recycled plastic by machines which are powered by the sun.

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And I think it looks absolutely fantastic.

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What a day that was and think how much plastic got saved.

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Think about all the green badges. You can earn yours, too.

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If you want to, all you've got to do is send us some stuff

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that's nature-inspired, conservation-inspired,

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you know what you're doing.

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You send it to us and we stick it on our Big Badge Wall.

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It's looking very green this week.

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We're proud of you lot at home, especially Tom,

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who's earned his green badge.

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He saw a little hedgehog going to look for nesting materials

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in his garden. When he came back, he had a nice, big leaf.

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Good spot, Tom. You've earned yourself a green badge.

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Feast your eyes on this creation, sent to us by Megan.

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Megan, the detail in this is incredible.

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We have stones on the path.

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-They're real!

-It's dedicated to the Yanomami tribe

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and you've even included solar panels on the top.

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Megan, you got yourself a green badge.

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-Look at it.

-It's so good.

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We love 3D post. We love books as well.

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Connie's sent this in. This is her book of vegetables.

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If you look inside, you'll see that's Connie,

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holding one of her tomatoes that she's grown.

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And the book basically takes you, step-by-step,

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through five different fruits and veg that she's grown.

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It's absolutely brilliant, Connie.

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If you look at the front, we've grown you your very own green badge.

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It's on its way to you.

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Also, one of my favourite bits of post for a while,

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because it's upcycling and recycling at the same time.

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Look at that. Kate has sent a recycling bin.

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It's got a little bit of a lid in there, it's got a bottle top,

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another bottle top of a different kind.

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If you see here, you haven't thrown that away,

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we've put that in there for you, Kate.

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Congratulations, a green badge on its way to you.

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If you want to get a green badge,

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all you've got to do is send in amazing green post,

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just like this stuff here.

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And you never know, we could even hand deliver it.

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LINDSEY: We got a letter from this school in Stafford

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inviting us to the grand opening

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of a very special green classroom they've been creating.

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We thought it sounded great

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and there's nothing I like better than a party.

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None of these guys know that I'm here today.

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So, I've recorded a secret video message

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to play at the end of their presentation.

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Yep, this is going to be a surprise party.

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Hey, guys. It's Lindsey here from Blue Peter.

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I just want to say a huge well done from all of us here.

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You have well and truly earned one of these bad boys.

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I'm on a shoot today, so I'm a little bit far away

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to hand deliver it myself.

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Right?

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They have absolutely no idea I'm right outside.

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Time to have some fun.

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Hey! Surprise! APPLAUSE

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Listen, we think your classroom is amazing.

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You have all well and truly earned yourselves a green badge.

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Who wants one?

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And the reason I'm handing out green badges

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is because this grand opening is for an eco-classroom.

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Over the last two years,

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the guys involved have designed and built

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an incredible outdoor learning space

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that pupils here can use for years to come.

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It's nearly ready for its grand unveiling.

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But there's still a few jobs to do.

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So, guys, I know there's a few finishing touches that need doing.

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-Am I right? ALL:

-Yes.

-Can I help out?

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-ALL:

-Yes!

-Are you sure? OK, let's go!

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Featuring a bee hotel, bird boxes and a pond,

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this design will create homes for local wildlife.

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And the guys here have worked really hard throughout the build.

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So, I've put on my gardening gloves.

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-Shall we get gravelling? ALL:

-Yes.

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-Come on, then. Who's on the wheelbarrow?

-Me.

-OK, good.

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You know what, being on Team Gravel is a lot of hard work.

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I'm going to go and see how some of the other teams are getting on.

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-Bye, guys. ALL:

-Bye!

-I'll just leave that there.

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-Lindsey, come and help with bee homes!

-Shall I help? OK, come on.

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This is looking very good.

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Very colourful. Lottie, what's going on here?

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So, these are 5-star hotel bee homes.

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But we haven't finished painting them yet.

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-Would you like my help?

-Yes, we would.

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I love painting. Painting I can do.

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Where's a brush for me?

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We need a brush for Mrs Lindsey.

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-Or Miss.

-You can call me Lindsey, you don't have to call me Miss.

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I'm not a teacher. Why are there little holes?

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Well, you see, the bees,

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they go in there and make all of their honey and their honeycomb.

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It could be a bee and bee(!)

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A bee and bee! Oh, she's good!

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But it's not just bees that are lucky enough

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to find a new home here.

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It's also created space to grow plants.

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Planting team, Edward, talk to me.

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You're the boss. What do I need to do?

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You have to loosen up the roots to help it grow.

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So, give it a bit of a tickle, guys.

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Just spread them.

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I think that should be fine.

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In. Go, go, go, cover it up!

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And then do we press down a little bit?

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-Yeah.

-OK, it's looking good.

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And there's even some of the most colourful bird boxes I've ever seen.

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How's it going? You are all covered in paint!

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-Are you going to get told off?

-No.

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So, we've got a load of bird boxes here. What's your box?

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Because that looks pretty cool and a little bit different.

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It's a bat box.

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Amazing! What does it feel like today

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seeing the garden all come together?

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You must be quite proud of yourself.

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-Yeah.

-I didn't think it would turn out like this.

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-Is it better than you thought it would be?

-Yeah.

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After a final tidy up...

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..I get to crack out the scissors.

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So, guys, massive congratulations on all your hard work.

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I now declare this eco-garden officially open!

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CHEERING

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This has been brilliant.

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And what an amazing space.

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It's not just these guys that are going to get to benefit from this.

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All the schools in Stafford are going to be able to come here

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and get involved and use this eco-classroom.

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And that is exactly what the green badge is all about.

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You know what, I think that's one of my favourite badge hits ever.

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I loved it. Well done, everyone.

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That's because they were eco-legends. Speaking of which,

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I'll see you in a bit. I want you to walk down here with me for a second.

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I'm going to introduce you now to another legend.

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It's always great to have him on the show. George, so good to see you.

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-Hi, Barney.

-How you doing?

-I'm great, thank you.

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Up top. So, eight weeks ago we were here and it was just a mud bath.

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There was nothing but soil. We had a bit of a planting session.

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-We did.

-And now look at it.

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I know, it looks incredible, doesn't it?

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Courgettes over there.

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Flowers blooming.

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There's lettuce. The veg is growing and, quite frankly,

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them beans look like they've outgrown that framework.

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Yes, they really have. It's amazing to think this much growth can happen

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in only eight weeks' time. You can see why it's important to keep

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a garden well-maintained because it grows very quickly, doesn't it?

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-How do I know what a weed is and what a plant is?

-Experience.

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Which is something I don't have, which is why you're here.

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But for those at home that might want to get involved?

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What's the best way for them to know?

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Well, the best way, really,

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is to look at images on the internet and find out what a weed looks like,

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then compare it to the other plants your garden.

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OK, fine. So, what are we doing today?

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Yeah, today we're going to harvest some plants.

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I think we should start with maybe them courgettes.

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Perfect. They're really lovely, aren't they?

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They're looking fab.

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Here we are. So, you see that one at the back?

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-The big one?

-We're going to take that off.

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So, these plants actually can be quite spiky.

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It doesn't look like it, but they're very rough.

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So you've got to wear gloves when doing this.

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Also, the fruit is actually quite hard on the plant.

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You've got to take them off using scissors.

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-OK, no worries.

-Going to get that one there, I'm going to cut it.

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Just at that green bit, there.

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-There we go.

-You harvest, I'll hold. That's the deal.

-Awesome.

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So there is one down here that we're just going to get now.

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OK. I'll move out your way.

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Thank you. We're going to get that one.

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That one's going to be nice and sweet, because it's quite small.

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Is that how it works? The smaller, the sweeter?

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Yes. And there is some kale down here as well.

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-OK.

-It's good to get this. We'll get it down there.

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So, we'll get a few leaves off this and this can go into salad.

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Could do a little courgette and kale salad.

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This is brilliant. It's like having your own shop in the back garden.

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-Happy?

-That's really good, that.

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-OK.

-Now, because we're over here, we could maybe get some beans.

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Great idea.

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How do you know which ones to pick? I guess the biggest ones, right?

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The biggest ones are, for once, the better ones.

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But not too big. Again, they can get a bit bitter.

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I've learned quite a lot today.

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The smaller the better when it comes to vegetables?

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If they're really small, they're sweet and they're juicy.

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If they're too big, they're bitter?

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-Yes.

-Great tip.

-So, medium-sized.

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For example, this one is a perfect-sized one.

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So I'm going to get that one.

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-Lovely. Thank you.

-Oh, I can see a really, really big one.

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Oh, wow, that's incredible.

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I think I've got plenty here for a salad, George.

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-Thank you very much.

-Fabulous.

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Always a pleasure to see you in the garden.

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Thank you for all your help. And thank you for all your top tips.

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A round of applause for George, everyone.

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-What a ledge.

-You know what? The garden's actually looking great.

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It really is. But we can't just thank George for the hard work.

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-Oh, no.

-Don't thank me, mate. I just turned up, he picked the veg

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and I'm holding it, simple as that. Quite an easy day today.

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No, I'm talking about the bees.

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-Ah, yes, the bees.

-Because they've been pollinating the plants

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throughout the spring and summer.

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-We know someone who knows all about bees, don't we?

-Mm-hmm...

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-Er, who?

-I don't remember...

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-It was me!

-Oh, OK.

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Do you not remember my bee challenge?

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-Who could forget?

-Exactly.

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Shall we remind you? Have a look at this.

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Welcome to Quince Honey Farm in Devon,

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the home to almost 100 million bees.

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Normally those bees are in hives, making honey.

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Sweet little bees.

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Except today, they're going to be on my face.

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I'm attempting an ancient tradition called the beard of bees,

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a practice that dates way back to the early 1800s and involves having

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potentially thousands of bees on my face.

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It's a challenge with a history on Blue Peter,

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and was last attempted by Helen in 2009.

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But after 20 minutes of having the bees crawling on her,

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they eventually lost patience.

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Ow! Stung me, stung me! On my face, on my face.

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Yes, she's got a sting on her face.

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-All right. OK.

-Ow!

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And now I want to see if I can go one better and complete the beard.

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But before I attempted the challenge,

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I wanted to find out a bit more about the bees themselves.

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This is Ian.

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He's a honey farmer and looks after all the hives here.

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Ian, how you doing?

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-Good, thanks. How you doing?

-Well, I'm OK.

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I'm a little bit nervous being around all these bees.

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What exactly are you looking out for?

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I'm just checking the health of the colony, really,

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just seeing what's happening inside.

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Central to my challenge today is the queen bee.

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And she is vital to any bee colony.

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The queen is usually the mother to most, if not all,

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the bees in the hive.

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Is that her, number 44?

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-That's it, you've got it.

-OK.

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Why do you choose her to be the queen? Who makes that decision?

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The bees make that decision.

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-OK.

-When the colony needs to change the queen,

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it's the worker bees that will decide.

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They'll take an egg laid by the original queen

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-and they just treat it differently.

-Sorry.

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And that's what changes it,

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either into a worker bee or into a queen bee.

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I am nervous for later, though.

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At least we've got these massive suits on.

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Yeah, but you won't have later.

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Yes, you heard that right, no more bee suit for me.

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But how do I get the bees on my face?

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So, we'll take the queen bee, who's already in a cage,

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and then we're going to transfer her onto your chin.

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She emits a pheromone, a smell.

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The other bees want to be near her.

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They've been separated from their queen for about an hour.

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So now they're really pleased to see her.

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-They'll just follow her.

-I guess the question is,

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how do you know if you've got the perfect bee beard?

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It's a question of fashion.

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What do you like?

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A nice strip 'tash?

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Ooh, a goatee?

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Nah. Not sure about that.

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Now, that, I like.

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You know what, I think I'm going to keep it traditional

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and go for a big, bushy beard.

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To stop the bees getting in my ears or up my nose,

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I'm using cotton wool to plug the holes.

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This is weird. Do I look good?

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And Ian helps me apply a balm around my eyes that the bees can't walk on.

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Is it because they'll slip off?

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Exactly, yes. They don't want to walk on a surface that's slippery.

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Let's go and meet the bees.

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There's one. There's one!

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-Follow that one!

-I'm working with experts and have a medic nearby.

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Do NOT try this at home.

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The first thing I need to do is get used to the feel of the bees.

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Uhh... Aghh!

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Ian wants me to touch the bees with my hand...

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I'm shaking so much.

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..so I can get used to the feeling of them on my skin.

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-That's it, good.

-OK.

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Right. Let's do this.

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I just want you to put your chin over here, like this.

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Uhh, OK. OK, OK, OK.

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At first I can barely bring myself to touch the bees with my chin.

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This is a truly bizarre and nerve-racking experience.

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I can't even open my mouth to speak.

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Good. That's all right. That was a bee's leg gripping onto your chin.

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-OK.

-What we're going to do now,

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we're going to take the queen bee away from the cluster and

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-we're going to position her under your chin. OK?

-Yes.

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-All right.

-Yeah.

-Let's go for it.

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Let's do it, let's do it, let's do it.

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I've never done something more for the badge.

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SHE GASPS

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-You might have one or two land your face now.

-OK.

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So try to keep calm.

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It's on my hand.

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Arghhh!

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Ian takes the queen and ties her around my chin.

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OK.

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This is really going to start to feel uncomfortable,

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but you're handling it really well now.

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We top up and we attract more bees by you leaning forwards.

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As the bees start coming across onto my face,

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I'm feeling more and more uneasy.

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Forwards.

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You're doing really good. Really well.

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I need to keep as calm and still as possible.

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But that's easier said than done

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when you have bees crawling on your face.

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Good, well done.

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It's so hard not to flinch.

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But just when I think things are starting to go well...

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Ow, ow, ow!

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I've been stung.

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Once one bee has stung,

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it sends a signal to all the others that they're in danger.

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And then I'm stung for a second time.

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Ow!

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I don't want to get stung.

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Ian steps in to call it off.

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It wasn't to be for me today and for mine and the bees' safety,

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the challenge was brought to a halt.

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But it's not all bad news.

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How many did I get on, like, ten?

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-No, no, no, there was a few hundred there.

-Really?

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But as soon as you got the sting on the forehead...

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Ow, ow, ow!

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I know, I panicked. And then it stung my lip,

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which I can feel is getting bigger and bigger.

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-You did come away with a goatee.

-Did I?

-Yeah, yeah. I'm so impressed.

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-So impressed with that.

-Ow, it hurts to smile.

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You know what, standing here now, at the end of today's challenge,

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I am proud. Because I was very, very nervous

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and I managed to face my fear,

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quite literally put my face into a load of bees, which I was scared of.

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So, at least I'm not afraid of bees any more.

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BUZZING Whoa!

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You know what, I did find that really difficult. But a great day,

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and also good to keep the BP tradition of challenges going.

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You know what, as BP presenters, we really do get the chance to do

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some quite incredible stuff.

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And at this point I should probably share some news with you.

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It's been an amazing six and a half years for me here on Blue Peter.

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But I've decided it's time for me to hang up my BP badge and move on to

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new adventures. I've got to say a huge thank you to you, the audience.

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You've been absolutely amazing.

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Not just your support, but the stuff you've sent in as well,

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all the pictures of me doing various challenges over the years.

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I've loved being a part of your Blue Peter journey, too.

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But it's time for me to go. I'm not going just yet,

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I'm going on September the 14th, so plenty of time left yet.

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Let's make these last few shows as amazing as possible.

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So now it's over to you.

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We want you to send in all of your favourite Barney memories.

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Whether it's a picture, whether it's a model.

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That's right. Or you could send in some happier, funny memories,

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just like when Barney always falls up the step

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-at the start of a live show.

-I never see it!

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Or my favourite, when you went Cossack dancing in Ukraine.

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Did you like my costume?

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-The outfit, I loved it.

-I thought so.

-Or it could be one of Barney's

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famous falls, whether it be him falling out of a tin bath,

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his award-winning dive or his fall down a vert ramp on a scooter.

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That award-winning dive really hurt my head.

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Anyway, get in touch. Can't wait to hear from you, as always.

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Now, one of the biggest films I've ever done on Blue Peter took

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two and a half years to complete.

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If you think you've seen upcycling, think again.

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Have a look at this.

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BARNEY: This is King's Cross in London

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and right now this part of the capital

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is getting a bit of a face-lift.

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That's because this is the biggest building site in Europe.

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So big it covers a massive 67 acres.

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That's about the same as 43 football pitches side-by-side.

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So, work is underway to create 50 new buildings, 2,000 new homes,

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20 new streets and ten public squares.

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And that's going to be home to 45,000 people.

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So, if you think about it, that's like a city within a city.

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It's a giant project that will take ten years to complete

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and totally change this part of London.

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But while they've been transforming this area,

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there have been a few things that have stood in their way.

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Gas holders. Huge structures built to store gas so it was instantly

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available to heat people's homes.

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At one time, they were dotted around towns and cities across the UK.

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Now, technology has moved on, and many are no longer needed.

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But they're part of the landscape,

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and have become Grade II listed buildings.

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And that means they can't be demolished.

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So, when the architects were making plans for this King's Cross site,

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they had to include these 150-year-old gas holder structures,

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and they had to be refurbished,

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and they had to be included in this project.

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It's a great idea.

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It's basically a giant bit of upcycling,

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and we love upcycling on BP.

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So, we're going to be following this project as it happens

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over the next few years.

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Yes, that's right, I said years.

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We begin by talking to lead engineer, Morwenna.

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I don't think many building sites have been classified as glamorous

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locations, but I love it here.

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So, why was the decision made to not just sort of scrap them,

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get rid of them, and just build on this site without them here?

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King's Cross is going under a massive redevelopment at the moment,

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and one of the iconic things about King's Cross

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is actually these gas holder structures.

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They mean something to all the people

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who've ever come to King's Cross on the train,

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and they mean things to the people who live here.

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We're really excited about taking these and trying to do something new

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and exciting with them,

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but retaining the heritage and the character of the site.

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Being more than 100 years old, though,

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it's safe to say the gas holders need a bit of love.

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Well, that happens up here, 200 miles away, in Barnsley.

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The massive steel pillars are taken down and moved to Yorkshire.

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Numerous coats of paint have been battered

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by decades of British weather.

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This all needs to be taken off, to strip back to the metal beneath.

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And if there's one thing I love, it's using a hammer,

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so I'm not missing this.

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Expert Richard shows me how.

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We use the pointed hammer.

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And then you just chip away.

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BANGING

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If you look at this here,

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you can see all the different individual layers of the paint.

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-That's unbelievable, really, isn't it?

-Yes, yes.

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But it's all coming off

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to get a brand-new coat of long-lasting paint.

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Once I've chipped it.

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-How many more of these?

-I would say about 49 to 50.

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49 to 50 more of these...

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-Yes.

-There's all the pillars, there's all the latticework.

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It really is a serious project, isn't it?

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Very serious.

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Once all the old paint is stripped off and the metalwork is cleaned up,

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it's time to apply a fresh coat.

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This will leave the gas holders looking as good as new and protect

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them from the elements for years to come.

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I think you'll agree, the work the engineers are doing is absolutely

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amazing and I cannot wait to see how it all looks when it's put back

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together again in its new home in King's Cross.

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But that takes time.

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Lots of time. It's more than a year later before all the columns

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are restored and ready to put back in place in London.

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And when they are, I'm here to help.

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Just the size of these things is incredible.

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Each pillar weighs up to ten tonnes.

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It takes one day for one column.

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That's how heavy they are and how big a job this is.

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It's awesome.

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So, once the column's been lifted into place, it needs to be secured,

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and that's where I come in.

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I just don't know what I'm doing, yet,

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but I imagine that all this money and time and manpower invested,

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it's going to be something pretty hi-tech.

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I reckon it's going to be something like a crane, or maybe, you know,

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like, a laser.

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Or a really big spanner.

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Really?

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That's right. Even on the most state-of-the-art building project,

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sometimes you just need a bit of elbow grease.

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So, there you have it, one more column stands proudly in place.

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Just another 107 to go.

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Pfft!

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Two and a half years after I first visited the site,

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I am back to see the finished result, and I cannot wait.

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I mean, just look at that.

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It's beautiful.

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Project director, Tom, can tell me how this giant restoration

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has come together.

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The last time I stood down there,

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it was just a bit of mud and some stones and now look at it.

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What a project. Tom, so you're the project director.

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You must be very happy with how things have gone.

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Yeah, we're very pleased. It's been a long five years of effort

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from a huge team and we're almost at the end of

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what is a completely unique building

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for not only London but for the rest of the world.

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I think it's been just over two years for me actually being involved

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with it. It's been quite an epic undertaking, hasn't it?

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It's been a labour of love a for a lot of people involved.

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Our vision for King's Cross was always to create a new destination,

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a new place for London that people felt was part of the city but was a

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completely unique experience.

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And we really feel the gas holders is right at the heart of that

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and everyone's very proud of the result.

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It's been an absolute pleasure to be part of it. Thank you.

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Thank you for your help. And any time you want to

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pick up a paintbrush, you're welcome to come back.

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Yeah, maybe not. What I love about this project

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is that it's transformed a part of London that was almost forgotten

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and will now provide modern homes and affordable housing.

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This has got to be one of the biggest upcycling projects

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I've ever been a part of on Blue Peter.

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In fact, I think in Blue Peter's history.

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It just goes to show that if there's something old, don't throw it away,

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you can turn it into something new.

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Look at what they've done with this place. It's beautiful.

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Do you know what? Only on Blue Peter could you do a film like that.

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Such a long time to film it, but it was so, so worth it. So much fun.

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Amazing. That is sadly just about all we've got time for today,

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but not before we tell you where Shelley was hiding.

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Let's take a look.

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There she is, eating her way through the lettuce.

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-Classic Shells, Linds.

-Classic Shells.

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She love a bit of lettuce. She actually does, in real life.

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She genuinely does.

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Next week, the big badge boat bonanza.

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-Did I say that right?

-You did.

-Good.

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It continues with the purple badge, my favourite.

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So, it's all about you. We've listened to what you want.

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You want epic guitar skills, extreme cheese, and loads of BP fans,

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and that's what we to give you.

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Don't forget, you can get your own purple badge by signing one of the

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purple badge forms just like what George has done.

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George, tell us what you'd like to see on the show.

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So, I'd like to see the history of Blue Peter,

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so the old presenters,

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where the name came from, and just generally about it.

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You're a genius. We'll see what we can do.

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But also, that's how easy it is to get a purple badge.

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George, you've well and truly earned your very own purple badge!

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-There you go.

-Woohoo!

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You've welly and truly earnt it.

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That's because it was a garden show.

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-It is.

-Well done.

-So, would you like to earn a purple badge?

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Of course you would. How do you do it?

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You jump on to the Blue Peter website,

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where you can also get involved

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in the case of the missing Radzi's wrestling outfit.

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It wasn't me.

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It's a good job Robin Stevens, murder mystery author,

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is on the case.

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Jump onto the website,

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see what evidence you can use to help solve the case as well.

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And while you're there, take a look at this.

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Shelley and I are still cycling around the world.

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The plan is to get around the world in 80 days

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and I'm over a quarter of the way around the planet.

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I think you'll agree, lots to keep you entertained there. Have fun.

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Right, are we done? Because there's some gardening to be done.

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All right, George! Getting a bit big for his boots, isn't he?

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No, they fit quite perfectly, thank you.

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-Yes!

-Taught him everything he knows.

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-Come on.

-Come on, you three.

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Absolutely.

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Oh, before I forget,

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there's only three weeks left for you to earn

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your 2017 limited edition Blue Peter sport badge. Happy dance! Hey!

0:27:490:27:53

-Come on, Radzi.

-OK.

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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.


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