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Follyfoot was a British children's television drama series made in the early 1970s. It is based on the books Follyfoot and Cobbler's Dream by Monica Dickens. The series was produced by Yorkshire Television, and shown on the ITV network in the UK. The series was also shown on Australian and German television.

Th
e 1976 Follyfoot Annual gives an account of how the location was chosen and prepared:

THE MAKING OF FOLLYFOOT FARM
When Yorkshire Television first decided to make the series Follyfoot, they knew exactly what they had in mid for a location. The problem was finding the right place... The TV scriptwriters had an idea of Follyfoot Farm in their minds, which was complete right down to the last brick and stone. So it was a pretty tall order trying to find a place which exactly matched up to requirements.

It was Jane Royston, who looks after the horses seen in the TV series, who finally found what was soon to be `Follyfoot Farm' - and it was quite by chance that she happened upon it. Jane was out riding in the beautiful countryside which lies between Leeds and Harrogate, when she suddenly came across a group of old buildings, on the Earl of Harewood's estate. Jane knew that the site was potentially perfect for the series. Yorkshire Television agreed with Jane as soon as they saw it, and an army of workmen moved in right away, to set about the enormous task of renovation.

Follyfoot Farm Photo by Geoff Proctor

THE WORK BEGAN ... Stonemasons arrived, as well as carpenters, landscapers, painters ... workmen of all kinds. Everything was completely remade, nothing was improvised, or just made to look realistic. Everything at Follyfoot Farm is build in the stone and brick which were used to make the original farm buildings many years ago. Apart from the fact

that the directors wanted everything in the series to be quite authentic, there was another reason for rebuilding so thoroughly. If polystyrene and plastic had been used they would never have stood up to the strong winds which blow over that area of the Yorkshire moors. When the workmen had finished. Follyfoot Farm stood before them, perfect in every detail. It had come to life again, just as the stories of Follyfoot come to life on the television screen. Some of the buildings were made completely habitable, to house Jane Royston and her assistants who live at the site during the months of filming to look after the horses. The horses have comfortable quarters too, in extensively renovated stables with all mod cons. And what you never realise as a viewer of the series is that one of the barns is in fact a canteen and dining hall for the actors and production staff.

Follyfoot Farm Photo by Geoff Proctor
THE LIGHTNING TREE
An essential part of the Follyfoot set is, of course, the Lightning Tree, and Yorkshire Television had to look around for an old, dead tree, and replant it in the yard of the farm. Well, sure enough, the tree they chose certainly looked as though it might have been struck by lightning, when it was first uprooted and planted again at Follyfoot. But after a few weeks the production team noticed that somethingrather strange had happened to their old, `dead' tree.... The Lightning Tree had come to life!

First, tiny green buds began to appear on the branches, and soon they burst out into leaves. Rather than uproot this remarkable tree again, and look around for another Lightning Tree, they let it continue to grow. So now, every time the Lightning Tree is due to appear in a camera shot, someone has to go out and cut away all the green leaves! That's one story of Follyfoot Farm the cameras have never told!

The Lightning Tree
Written by Steven Francis
Performed by the Settlers

The music "The Lightening Tree" was written by Francis Essex. But as he was Controller of Programmes for ATV his name could not be associated with a rival Tv company. His son's name was Steven so he adopted the name 'Steven Francis' as the composed of this music.
 
Most of the scripts were written by Francis' brother, Tony Essex but as Tony produced the series for Yorkshire Television the unions would not accept him writing them as well. So he adopted the name 'Francis Stevens' as the writer

The above information was provided by Dr. Michael Essex-Lopresti 

Down in the meadow where the wind blows free,
In the middle of a field stands a lightning tree.
It’s limbs all torn from the day it was born
For the tree was born in a thunderstorm.

Grow, grow, the lightning tree,
It’s never too late for you and me;
Grow, grow, the lightning tree,
Never give in too easily.

Down in the meadow where the wind blows light,
The lightning struck in the middle of the night.
Limbs stripped bare by the lightning flare
The lightning flare was a wild affair.

Grow, grow, the lightning tree,
It’s never too late for you and me;
Grow, grow, the lightning tree,
Never give in too easily.

Down in the meadow where the wind blows cold,
The lightning tree stands stiff and old.
Branches bent when the lightning rent
The lightning rent from the firmament.

Grow, grow, the lightning tree,
It’s never too late for you and me;
Grow, grow, the lightning tree,
Never give in too easily.

Down in the meadow with the wind in the west,
The lightning tree faced up to the test.
Its heart went snap when it took the rap,
the terrible rap of the thunder clap.

Grow, grow, the lightning tree,
It’s never too late for you and me;
Grow, grow, the lightning tree,
Never give in too easily.

Down in the meadow when the wind blows free,
A whispering breeze in the lightning tree.
Dreams come true if you want them to
If you want them to, then it’s up to you.

Grow, grow, the lightning tree,
Never give in too easily.
Grow, grow, the lightning tree,
It’s never too late for you and me.

Grow, grow, the lightning tree,
Never give in too easily.
Grow, grow, the lightning tree,
It’s never too late for you and me.

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