For the latest episode, a very wet and windy day was brightened by a hidden gem just 13 miles from central London. Tucked away behind rows of houses in a residential area in Bexley, it's a wonderful surprise to discover acres of woodland with a fascinating history stretching back to Roman times  - and a scheduled ancient monument no less!

On our walk around Joyden's Wood, we meet:

  • Peter Coles who manages the site and shows us some of the highlights, including World War II bomb craters, restored heathland, and Faesten Dic, a defensive structure built to help keep Roman Londoners out of Saxon Kent.
  • Lorienne Whittle, who explains how the Trust's Nature's Calendar project tracks the effects of weather and climate change on wildlife across the UK. Its records go all the way back to 1736! 
  • Nature's Calendar volunteer Greg Tingey, who tells us how he records different species for the project from his home in London, and the changes he's seen over the last 20 years.

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New to the podcast?

Don’t miss our previous episodes:

  1. Heartwood– we visit a vast forest of ancient woodland, newly planted trees, wildflower meadows and fantastic wildlife, and meet two of Heartwood’s amazing volunteers.
  2. Loch Arkaig - hear from site manager Steve Morris, raptor expert Lewis Pate, project manager Jessica Maxwell and other custodians of this truly astonishing landscape.
  3. Trees on farms – David Rose shows us how trees make a difference for his business and for local communities. Discover the edible woodland and forest school area, meet some of the farm’s visitors, and learn about the importance of trees outside woods as well as in.
  4. Ben Shieldaig - take a tour of spectacular Ben Shieldaig in Scotland’s West Highlands, the Trust’s first mountain and a great example of Scotland’s rainforest.
  5. Urban trees - discover the urban woods and trees of Leeds, and how vital they are for people, wildlife and the environment.

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I am keen to hear from you as well – so if you have a favourite woodland walk, do tell me about it in a short email or if you can, make a 5 minute or so recording of your own walk and we may feature your woodland walk in a future podcast.

I’ll be off on another woodland walk soon. Hope you can join me.

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