Born into a farming family, Adam gained experience with animals and farming from an early age. Having achieved a HND in Agriculture at Seale-Hayne Agricultural College in Devon, Adam and his college friend, Duncan Andrews, worked and travelled all over Australia and New Zealand for a year, before returning home via California and Canada.
Having succeeded Bemborough Farm tenancy from his father, Adam now runs the 650-ha estate with his business partner and old college friend, Duncan, growing wheat, spring barley and oilseed rape, with a flock of 350 commercial ewes. Bemborough is also home to one of the country’s leading rare breed tourist enterprises, the Cotswold Farm Park, which attracts over 70,000 visitors during its seven-month season.
Adam’s father, a pioneer of rare breed conservation, set up the Cotswold Farm Park in 1971. The rare breeds have proved extremely popular and have been taken on location for period dramas, television programmes and feature films, such as Emma, Clandestine Wedding, Aliens 2, The Time Team, 101 Dalmatians and alongside Mel Gibson in Braveheart. They have also appeared in advertisements, are regularly filmed for holiday and news programmes, and the Cotswold Farm Park have also supplied animals for two David Attenborough Natural History Programmes.
Adam comes from a thespian family. His grandfather, Leslie Henson, was a comedian; father, Joe Henson, presented a countryside TV programme with Angela Rippon and Phil Drabble; uncle, Nicky Henson is an actor who has appeared in films and TV programmes including Fawlty Towers and Inspector Morse. It was no surprise that it was in Adam’s bones not only to farm, but to perform. In 2001 the ideal opportunity came along when Countryfile ran a presenter search and Adam was chosen from 3,500 applicants to be one of the programme’s lead presenters, working alongside John Craven. As well as farming issues in the United Kingdom, filming has taken him to Poland, Russia, Australia and Hungary and involved him in countryside challenges like the Mad Malden mud race and the Golden Horseshoe endurance ride. Adam has also presented on Countryfile Summer Diaries and Inside Out and, with his farming knowledge, he has become a useful addition to Radio 4’s On Your Farm and Farming Today This Week.
Adam has been featured in the Cotswold Life magazine describing his life on the farm with his partner and two children, as well as juggling the running of his own business together with his filming work.