Matt Baker – Turbines biggest threat to countryside
Countryfile presenter Matt Baker has criticised the number of wind turbines springing up in the countryside.
The One Show host, 34, said it was "sad" that villages are now "empty", with few people who live in the countryside still working there.
But asked to name the greatest threat to the countryside, Baker, who grew up on a farm in Durham, told the Radio Times: "I think there's an enormous number of wind turbines.
"They are right next to the farm in Durham and they're 90 metres high. I'm not sure how effective they are as they never seem to be actually working!"
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Former Strictly Come Dancing finalist Baker is not the first celebrity to speak out against wind farms with conservationist David Bellamy recently opposing them, saying that they were destroying the landscape.
Several episodes of Countryfile have explored the massive growth of wind farms across the UK including many in the Westcountry but this is perhaps the strongest criticism of the industry from one of the show's presenters on such a controversial rural issue.
Baker is co-presenting BBC1's Countryfile with Julia Bradbury, who returns to the screen after giving birth, at the age of 41, to her "miracle" baby last year.
Bradbury was already back at work filming The Great British Countryside just two-and-a-half months after giving birth to a boy, Zephyr. The presenter had been told that it would be almost impossible to get pregnant because she suffered from the medical condition endometriosis but to her joy, she has defied medical opinion.