Exploring the stories of people who live, work, and create in Somerset. From food and drinks pioneers, and creators of music and arts, to local lifestyle and culture experts; join us as we meet the fascinating individuals and families that call this beautiful county their home.
S5E14 Lulu Urquhart & Adam Hunt
Our guests for the final episode of this season are Lulu Urquhart and Adam Hunt, landscape designers dedicated to nature and ecological restoration. Having partnered together for many years, their philosophy embraces creating spaces that provide tranquility for people, and homes for wildlife. Long term Somerset residents, they were selected to work with Piet Oudolf to create one of the county's most well-known, and transformative gardens at Hauser & Wirth in Bruton. More recently, their first ever garden at the Chelsea Flower Show - which put the spotlight on beavers in rewilding Britain - won the award for Best Show Garden.
S5E13 Colleen Bower
Somerset Stories gets experimental... our guest this week is Colleen Bower, Director of a new annual science festival launching in May.... Somerscience brings together 65 organisations from around the region to showcase and celebrate the amazing world of science, technology, engineering, and maths. Colleen's extensive experience in the education industry, as well as her natural curiosity, are vital to spearheading this event - which aims to connect local people in an engaging way with some of the innovative, fun, and pioneering developments taking place on our doorstep. What's more, this isn't her first festival of this kind - she developed Malta's first large-scale science festival in the Gozo citadel. We met, with days to go before the event and discussed the critical role of STEM in education, and a range of other great topics.
S5E12 Alex Pole
Our guest this week is at the forefront of a revival in the ancient craft of blacksmithing. Alex Pole has been forging creations from metal for over 30 years, and - for the best part of a decade, his focus has been on developing high end ironware for professional and amateur chefs around the world. Alex's dedication to using traditional methods to create practical but beautiful products has won him many fans and followers. In recent years, he's collaborated with chefs such as Nathan Outlaw and Thomasina Myers to write "The Forge Kitchen Cookbook". His latest book, simply titled "Blacksmith", brings to life the history and folklore of life in the trade throughout the ages.
S5E11 Charlotte Howell-Jones
Our guest this week is Charlotte Howell-Jones, a climate campaigner trying to change the world one story at a time. Charlotte's work primarily focuses on creating change and building the climate movement through storytelling, communications and content. A Somerset resident for over 20 years, she is passionate about helping others make an emotional connection with nature. When not busy collaborating with organisations like DearTomorrow and Parents For Future UK, she will most likely be found foraging or nurturing her veg patch with two muddy children.
S5E10 Nick Hounsfield
Somerset Stories takes on a blue hue this week as we meet Nick Hounsfield, creator of The Wave - the UK's first inland surfing lake - located just outside Bristol. Driven by a passion to help people live healthier lives, more connected to nature, Nick's vision is more than a decade in the making, opening to the public in 2019. As a well as surfing being a great sport, The Wave aims to bring people into contact with water, nature, and each other, in order to create a community atmosphere which allows people to find their own calm and enjoyment in and around the lake.
S5E9 Rosie Phelps-Goggin
As a mother of identical triplets, this week's guest is literally one in 200 million! After a history of setback and pregnancy complications, Rosie Phelps-Goggin has truly defied the odds, and conventional thinking. Born and raised in Somerset, you can now find Rosie, documenting and sharing her family's highlights in social media, where the adventures of Ava, Connie, Evie, and their big sister Gabriella have a loyal and supportive following of thousands. We met earlier this month, and shared Rosie's memories and thoughts on some personal and poignant topics. As this is such a deeply personal and emotive topic, I feel the need to say that this episode does contain some discussion of pregnancy loss, but Rosie shares her story in a way which is honest and helpful to others who may be going through similar challenges.