County Durham TV star Matt Baker says wind turbines biggest threat to countryside

9:59am Tuesday 21st February 2012

By Matt Westcott

COUNTY Durham TV presenter Matt Baker has criticised the number of wind turbines springing up in the countryside.

The Countryfile stat and 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 90m high. I'm not sure how effective they are as they never seem to be actually working!"

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.

Baker is co-presenting BBC1 show 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, who was told that it would be almost impossible to get pregnant because she suffered from the medical condition endometriosis, said of taking her baby on location: "There I was in car parks with Zeph (breast-feeding) up my jumper.

"I'm sure people were thinking, Is that Julia Bradbury over there? What is she doing? But, to me, it was, and is, all about Zeph."

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