Country girl Julia to be honoured by university

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Star of BBC TV’s Countryfile Julia Bradbury is to be recognised by Sheffield Hallam University for her work in promoting the appreciation and preservation of the natural landscape.

Julia, who has also presented Watchdog, Planet Earth Live and Wainwright’s Walks, will receive an honorary doctorate from the university at a ceremony at Sheffield City Hall on Thursday.

A former pupil at Sheffield’s King Edward VII School in Broomhill, Julia has become a national face for championing the preservation of the British countryside.

She is president of the Friends of the Peak District, the South Yorkshire branch of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England and more recently became the first female president of the Camping and Caravan- ning Club.

Julia said: “It is a surprise, honour and a privilege to be recognised by Sheffield Hallam.

“I am thrilled to be considered for a doctorate and can’t wait to join everyone at City Hall next week.

“My family have a strong bond with Sheffield – my mother Chrissi ran a shop on Ecclesall Road for 20 years and I first explored the great outdoors with my dad Michael when he took me hiking over the beautiful nearby Peak District as a nipper.”