Spotlight on watercress company on TV

Michael Portillo's Great British Railway Journeys will call in at The Watercress Company's Hampshire farm on BBC2 this evening.

The Watercress Company MD Tom Avery (left) with presenter Michael Portillo - image: The Watercress Company
The Watercress Company MD Tom Avery (left) with presenter Michael Portillo - image: The Watercress Company

In the programme, Portillo travels on the Mid Hants Railway, known as the Watercress Line from the days when it was used to transport watercress from local growers up to London.

Volunteer-operated steam trains still ply the 16km between Alton and New Alresford, near which the Watercress Company operates an 11-hectare growing site.

"The show should feature interesting facts on watercress production in the days of steam, and on life on a watercress farm today," said managing director Tom Amery.

"When Michael was here we cooked him lunch and had it at the railway station."


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