A WREXHAM Farmer who appeared on a BBC dating show is “very grateful” for her time on the show.
The second series of Love In The Countryside aired on BBC Two, and featured Grace Edwards, a 23-year-old sheep and dairy farmer who lives in the Bronington area on the Wrexham/Shropshire border.
The show followed her and other rural occupants across the UK as they attempt to whittle down potential suitors.
In the end, things didn’t go as Grace wanted them to, but says she met some great people and learnt to be proud and respect what she does as a result.
Speaking about how she ended up on the show, she told The Leader: “I saw an advert on Facebook originally asking for people who are rural and single to apply for their show, and I thought I’m rural, I’m single, so I thought why not?
“It’s hard coming from a farming background to find love because there’s an obligation to carry on the farm and improve the farm once your parents no longer can, and people don’t want to leave their farms.
“Traditionally, a man will meet a woman and the woman will move in onto his farm, but I don’t want to leave my farm, and a man will likely not want to leave theirs either. So, if we wanted to make a commitment, how do we do it?
“I’ve got a lot of male farming friends but I don’t particularly fancy any of them so I thought if nobody from this walk of life will love me then maybe someone from another walk of life will.”
Grace appeared on the show for four episodes, spanning from September 17- October 8, but she explained that a lot more filming went into the programme than you might think.
She also reinforced just how much she truly enjoyed being a part of the show.
She said: “The filming process lasted from around November in 2018 until June this year on and off. Between November and March there was quite a bit of time between filming, then April, May and June were just go, go, go.
“I’m probably looking back with rose-tinted glasses, but I absolutely loved my time on the show. The crew, the runners, the researchers, everyone was so nice and lovely, and took a genuine interest farming life. Even when we weren’t filming, they were asking me loads of questions about the animals and how I do certain things.
“I was worried about how my parents would react because it’s quite invasive on their lives and their relationship as well, but they absolutely loved it too.
“I’d like to think that I’ve shown people out there that actually, we’re not all 65-year-old men out here farming, and that you do have to be smart in this modern farming culture.
“I got to meet and socialise with some really great people that I never would have if it weren’t for the show, I would definitely do something like this again and I’m very grateful to them.
Grace walked away from the show having not found a well-matched suitor, but that didn’t stop her from learning new things about herself, and it hasn’t got her down about her chances of finding love in the future.
She added: “I’ve learnt just how dedicated to my animals I really am. I always knew that farming wasn’t going to be for everyone, but I don’t think people realised just how much of a commitment it really is.
“I’ve learnt to be proud of who I am and what I do, and respect what I do because before, I was always thought I was pretty ordinary, but I guess what I do is kind of extraordinary.
“I don’t regret a single second of my time on the show, I tried it as a way to take me out of my comfort zone. I might not have got the result I wanted, but I’m still young, I’ve got my whole life ahead of me, and I know that one day the right person will come along at the right time.
“I’ll be holding out for someone special.”