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Deeping St Nicholas farmer was delighted to appear on BBC's The One Show

A well-known South Holland farm was given the full BBC treatment when it appeared on a prime time slot.

Nicholas Watts and his team at Vine House Farm welcomed The One Show cameras last month, and their segment was shown on Monday night’s edition.

The farm, in Deeping St Nicholas, had opened its revamped shop at 70-seat cafe earlier this summer.

Nicholas Watts and family among the sunflowers at Vine House Farm. Photo: Matthew Roberts (50316914)
Nicholas Watts and family among the sunflowers at Vine House Farm. Photo: Matthew Roberts (50316914)

However, their sunflower fields were the main talking points when TV and radio personality Richie Anderson came to visit.

Owner Mr Watts, who has worked at the farm since 1964, was pleased to show off its credentials.

“It’s a national programme,” he said to the Spalding Guardian.

“They obviously do quite a bit of research before they put anyone on it, so it was a real good thing to be on it.

“There is a rush at this time of year with the sunflowers. It’s all for the sunflowers.”

Filming for the show took place last month.

“It happened relatively quickly,” he said.

“It was maybe because of the Wildlife Trust. We give 4% of all our birdseed takings to the Wildlife Trust.

“We deliver their brochures to our members.”

Mr Watts said that filming was an enjoyable experience, with plenty of team members gathering together from across the country.

“It was quite fun,” he said.

“The person who did the research is from Dundee in Scotland, so she came down for filming.

“The person who did the actual filming was from London, and the person operating the drone was from Manchester.”

He hopes the exposure on a national programme will help to boost business at the Vine House Farm.

“I’m sure it is. It’s bound to, isn’t it,” he said.

“If people see it once, they might forget about it. If they’ve seen another one and another one, it’ll stick in the mind a bit more.”

This wasn’t the first time the farm has featured on television in the past few months.

It was also shown on A Wild Year: The Fens in July, and a repeat was also recently broadcast of Mr Watt’s time on Great Railway Journeys with Michael Portillo.

According to Mr Watts, The One Show might not be the end of it either.

“Now Channel 4 News are sniffing around. They want to do something about our decline in farmland birds,” he said.

“I’ve got a lot of records on how the birds have declined, so they want to talk to me about that.”

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