11 episodes

Welcome to the debut season of the Woodland Trust podcast, 'Woodland Walks'. We'll be exploring some of the greatest woods, forests and sites in the Woodland Trust estate. Join our host, Adam Shaw, as we discover the stories and characters that make each of our woods so very special. We’ll explore awe-inspiring ancient woodland and get lost together in the rich habitats that support our native wildlife. We'll meet the site managers and the magnificent volunteers who protect woods and plant trees. For wildlife. For people.

Woodland Walks - The Woodland Trust Podcast Woodland Walks - The Woodland Trust Podcast

    • Places & Travel
    • 4.7, 33 Ratings

Welcome to the debut season of the Woodland Trust podcast, 'Woodland Walks'. We'll be exploring some of the greatest woods, forests and sites in the Woodland Trust estate. Join our host, Adam Shaw, as we discover the stories and characters that make each of our woods so very special. We’ll explore awe-inspiring ancient woodland and get lost together in the rich habitats that support our native wildlife. We'll meet the site managers and the magnificent volunteers who protect woods and plant trees. For wildlife. For people.

    A tour of Clive Anderson's garden

    A tour of Clive Anderson's garden

    In another special lockdown episode, Clive Anderson gives us an audio tour of his North London garden. President of the Woodland Trust since 2004, Clive is an award-winning broadcaster and comedy writer and currently hosts Radio 4’s Loose Ends. We gain insight into his passion for nature as he describes the trees from around the world at home in his garden, and the wildlife species that like to visit. Clive mulls over what has happened to London's sparrows, reveals his natural approach to gardening and reflects on how valuable green space has been during lockdown.

    • 13 min
    Trees of Hampstead Heath with Tracy Chevalier

    Trees of Hampstead Heath with Tracy Chevalier

    With normal podcast recording hampered by lockdown, we visit the trees of Hampstead Heath with Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl With a Pearl Earring and other bestsellers. In this episode, Tracy describes how trees bring her comfort, considers how lockdown has changed our attitudes to nature, introduces us to two trees that are special to her and even climbs up into an old oak to show us a different perspective.

    • 13 min
    9. An Interview with Steph McGovern

    9. An Interview with Steph McGovern

    Lockdown has hampered our usual woodland walks, so instead we’re chatting to some well-known personalities about the natural world - their favourite places, memories, hopes for the future and more. First up is journalist and presenter, Steph McGovern, who talks to us about the Avenue of Trees that brought her clarity and solace as a youngster, how attitudes to nature have changed during lockdown, helping her new daughter to appreciate the environment – and fat pigeons!

    • 19 min
    Mead - Our First Young People's Forest

    Mead - Our First Young People's Forest

    Join Adam Shaw at one of Mead's tree planting days to find out how young people are leading the transformation of 400 acres of ex coalmining land by planting 250,000 trees.

    • 28 min
    Smithills Estate - a treasure trove for people and wildlife

    Smithills Estate - a treasure trove for people and wildlife

    An enormous, rugged landscape with a variety of valuable habitats and far-reaching views across to Bolton and Manchester, Smithills is an incredible place. Meet Tracey and Vicky, who tell us how the Trust is revitalising its largest site in England, including leaky dams, planting the right trees in the right places and involving the local community at every turn. Volunteers Pete and Alex give us insight into their years at Smithills too, along with fascinating stories of a ghostly horseman, perished Saxon sons and the sword of Egbordene!

    • 31 min
    Joyden’s Wood – tranquil ancient woodland on London’s doorstep

    Joyden’s Wood – tranquil ancient woodland on London’s doorstep

    Tucked away behind rows of houses just 13 miles from central London, we discover an ancient wood with a fascinating history stretching back to Roman times. Site manager Peter Coles shows us World War II bomb craters, restored heathland, a ‘strong ditch’ built to help keep Roman Londoners out of Saxon Kent, and much more. We also meet the Trust’s Lorienne Whittle and volunteer Greg Tingey, who tell us why tracking the effects of weather and climate change on UK wildlife is so important.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Gamer101090 ,

Perfect nature-based escapism

A lovey gentle podcast, perfect for listening to with your eyes closed to whisk you away from city life and transport you in beautiful woodland.

gogolk ,

Woodland Trust

Excellently balanced and insightful series of podcasts that are inviting and humane.

jnnlondon ,

Well done all

I loved this podcast and am looking forward to more in the series. Amazing that the Woodland Trust is creating massive new forests and involving so many volunteers. Thanks for bringing it alive for us Adam. Almost as good as a real visit and definitely more informative. In fact I feel a visit to Heartwood coming on......

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