A Tale Of Harvest Festival

Across the country, churches are being decorated with flowers and vegetables in preparation for Harvest Festival.

Paul Heiney visits Cornwall to investigate a strange tradition.

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Who made the celebration what it is today? Paul Heiney visits Cornwall to investigate.

Who made the celebration what it is today? Paul Heiney visits Cornwall to investigate.

Autumn harvest is enshrined within the British national consciousness. But how old is this tradition? Could it actually be the work of an eccentric Victorian clergyman? Paul Heiney travels to Cornwall in his quest to unravel its origins.

Just the thing to accompany chrysanthemums and cornsheaves, marrows and swedes, adorning churches across the country in preparation for Harvest Festival.

First broadcast on Radio 4 in 2002.