Horse Logging and Daffodils Down on the Farm


Horse Logging and Daffodils

Preschool series. Storm visits Crunchy and his team of horse loggers. JB shares a spring poem. Plus how daffodils are grown and picked.


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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 barn

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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

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# With JB and Storm to lead the way

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# Come join us down on the farm today. #

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Cock-a-doodle-doo!

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Hello. I'm JB. Spring down on the farm is a very busy time.

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That means there's lots of work to be done.

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Let's find out what Storm is up to today.

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QUACKING

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Cock-a-doodle-doo!

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Oh!

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'So how do you think I could move all of these logs out of the woods?'

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They're FAR too heavy for me to lift.

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Oof!

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'And they're far too deep in the woods to use a tractor.'

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But I've heard of a man who trains animals to move logs.

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And he lives just over there. So let's go.

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This is Crunchy and his two horses.

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They live on this farm near woodland.

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Crunchy and his horses have a VERY interesting job.

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-Hi, Crunchy.

-Hiya, Storm.

-So, who do we have here?

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This is Holly, who I'm brushing at the moment,

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and the one you're next to is Ivy, Holly's daughter.

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-And what do they do around here?

-I use them for horse logging.

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And what's horse logging?

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It's a way of getting the trees out of the wood

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without using a tractor.

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Can I help you get them ready just now?

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You can, yeah. We'll put the harness on and go pull some logs.

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Great!

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'Holly and Ivy wear harnesses to help them pull the heavy trees.'

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OK, Storm. So we're ready to go off into the woods.

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Come on, then.

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In the springtime, Crunchy and his horses

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pull lots of trees from the nearby woodland.

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Crunchy then sells them to local people for firewood,

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or uses them for building on his own farm.

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-Whoa.

-So, Crunchy, we're in the woods now. What's next?

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Well, you can see the trees that I've cut down,

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ready to pull out today.

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I need to put this chain on,

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securely, make sure it's nice and tight. And it's ready to go.

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Good girls.

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Horse logging first started thousands of years ago,

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and it's better for the woodland than using a tractor.

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The horse hooves are much better for the soil, as a tractor could

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damage the woodland and plants might not be able to grow again.

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And how many logs could they carry in a day?

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We try and get between 10 and 15 tons.

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Which is over 100 logs!

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-Would you like to have a go at driving her?

-I'd love to have a go.

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SHE CLICKS HER TONGUE

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'I can't wait to have a go. I just

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'hope I can guide the horses with those special commands.'

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-"Come on in" to go left. "Get over" to go right.

-Get over.

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And "Whoa" to stop.

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Stop. Come on in!

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Come on in.

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-I could get used to this!

-HE CHUCKLES

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-You're a natural.

-Get over!

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Whoa.

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It's time for a well-earned rest for Holly and Ivy.

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Thank you very much, Crunchy,

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I had a great day learning about horse logging.

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Thanks for your help.

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These guys have worked really well - I think they deserve a treat.

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I think they definitely do. Got some here.

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Can't wait to get into that.

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While they finish off their treats, why don't you find out

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what else happens in spring?

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MUSIC: The Four Seasons (Spring) by Vivaldi

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One of spring's prettiest arrivals appears towards the

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end of the season.

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Bluebells transform the woodland floor into a carpet of lilac.

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Almost half of the world's bluebells grow here in the UK.

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We must enjoy them while we can.

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In a few weeks' time, the trees above will be so thick with

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leaves that sunlight will no longer reach the woodland floor.

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Without light, the bluebells will disappear until next year.

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The leaves of our great oak trees are amongst the last to appear.

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Like little green solar panels, the leaves are made to capture

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energy from the sun, which all trees need to help them grow.

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As spring draws to an end, the sun is getting stronger

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and the days keep getting longer.

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Baby creatures are everywhere.

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And when the swallows arrive from Africa, we know that summer is here.

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It's time for every living thing to make the most

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of the warm season ahead.

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Oink!

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So have you ever been on a school trip?

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Well, today, I'm off to meet a group of children who are on a very

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special school trip to this farm.

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And I think I see them just over here.

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This busy farm gets lots of visitors.

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Children come here to learn all about how a farm works.

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Farmer Dan shows them how to look after all the animals.

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-Hi, Dan. Hi, guys!

-ALL: Hi, Storm!

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Dan, this looks like a very busy farm.

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Which animal are you going to teach us about first?

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I think we'll start with feeding the goats.

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-That sounds fantastic, doesn't it, guys?

-ALL: YES!

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Let's go!

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There are lots of animals on the farm, and they all need to be fed.

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So we've lots of work to do.

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These goats are hungry!

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-Wow, guys, they finished that!

-They ate it all.

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In early spring, there isn't a lot of grass in the fields.

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So the donkeys get some hay to eat.

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Going to throw them in like this.

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These pigs love to eat swedes.

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Chicken!

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The chickens like to peck at some corn.

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Now all the animals have been fed,

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the last job of the day is to check on the new spring arrivals.

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Look at the chicks!

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Dan, what's the light for?

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This is a heat lamp. It keeps the baby chicks nice and warm

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-whilst they're growing up.

-Ah, like sunlight?

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-Or a hot-water bottle?

-Absolutely.

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These chicks are a few weeks old.

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-So, would any of you like to hold them?

-ALL: Yeah!

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-Do you love your chick, Evan?

-Yeah!

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-OK. Storm, I've got a special one for you.

-Exciting!

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And this is our new arrival.

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Just hatched today.

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Look, how tiny! It's so delicate.

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SO cute!

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He just hatched today.

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We've had a really busy day, feeding all the animals.

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So it's about time we feed ourselves!

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While we do that, here's our spring poem.

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CHICKEN CLUCKS

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April showers, splish, splash

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Run for cover, quick, dash

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Suddenly, they start and stop

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It's pouring down and then it's not

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The sun appears, a cloud blows in

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The pitter-patter starts again

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Then, look, a rainbow arcs up high!

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Its colours paint the April sky.

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THUNDER RUMBLES

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CHICKENS CLUCK HORN TOOTS

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Down on the farm, may I present to you my new best friend?

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He's called Cress-topher.

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Now he doesn't say much, but he does have really cool hair.

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Do you know what his hair's made of? It's made of cress!

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And I'm about to meet someone who grows something very similar.

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Watercress is a green vegetable.

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You might have eaten it before in sandwiches or salads.

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It's yummy and very good for you.

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Watercress can be grown all year round,

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but when better to help pick it

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than on a nice spring afternoon like today?

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-Hello, James!

-Hi, JB.

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How is this crop similar to my cress-head?

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We grow delicious watercress. It's very similar to garden cress,

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with one main difference. Can you guess what it is?

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-Is it to do with water?

-It is! Other crops grow in soil,

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but we grow in stony gravel beds with water flowing on top.

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-Cool. Will you show me?

-Yeah, let's have a look.

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Here you can see the water's come up from underground.

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It flows down to the barrier, then down towards the crop.

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OK, then when it gets here, what happens?

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When the crop starts off small, we put a little bit of water in

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and as it grows we increase the water flow.

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-We do that by one of these gates.

-Cool!

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I usually cut Cress-topher's hair with

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a pair of scissors. But how on earth do you harvest all this cress?

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I think you're going to like this bit. Let's go and have a look.

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This machine is called a pick-up. It helps collect all the watercress.

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It's like I'm giving the field a giant haircut.

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This is so cool!

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Now the watercress is cut, it is ready to be packaged.

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'Today, some local children have come down

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'to help bunch together the watercress.'

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We've pulled some watercress, but left the roots on.

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-We don't want to eat the roots. Eugh!

-ALL: Eugh!

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What we're going to do is cut off where

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we'd like to eat, and make some watercress bunches.

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-Well done.

-Take a bunch. Put an elastic band round it.

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-Put it round.

-Then we pop it in one of these sleeves.

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Then you're an official watercress buncher!

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-Ta-da!

-Here we go! Good job, guys, high fives all round.

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Hey, there we go!

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You've all done a great job. The final thing is,

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-would you like to try some?

-ALL: Yes!

-Me!

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Well done, guys!

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So while we munch on some watercress,

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why don't you find out what else happens in spring?

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We're here today with Farmer Julian.

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Hello, there!

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He's a flower farmer.

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What a great job!

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He grows flowers on his farm

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that are ready to be harvested in the spring.

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They're daffodils!

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We're going to find out how they are grown and picked.

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The daffodils are planted in the fields.

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When they grow tall enough, they're ready to be picked.

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They're picked before the flower buds open.

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We're usually harvesting daffodils on this farm between January

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and the end of March, and we have fresh daffodils picked daily.

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We usually have up to 150 people in the fields, helping us

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harvest the flowers.

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Today, I've got Theo, Florence and Molly helping me.

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The flowers are all picked by hand.

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The pickers pick them in bunches of ten,

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and make sure the stems are all the same length.

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They put the bunches in trays in the field.

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When the trays are full, they're loaded onto the tractor

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and taken to the packing house.

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In the packing house, the daffodils are packaged up,

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ready to be sent to the shops.

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And after all that hard work, it's time for a rest.

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What beautiful spring flowers!

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Storm and I have had an amazing day down on the farm

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and we hope you've enjoyed it too.

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You can check out more great things

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from Down On The Farm on the CBeebies website.

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See you soon! 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 barn

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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

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# With JB and Storm to lead the way

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# Come join us down on the farm today. #

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Storm visits Crunchy and his team of horses. Together, they work in the woods as horse loggers. She also joins a school group as they visit a very special farm. JB explores a watercress farm and shares a spring poem. Plus how daffodils are grown and picked.


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