As with many aspects of our everyday lives, the Woodland Walks podcast has had to adapt to fit within lockdown rules. At this time of worldwide crisis, access to nature is more important than ever, and we still want to bring you a regular dose of trees, woods and wildlife. So instead of our usual virtual woodland tour, we decided to chat to some well-known personalities about the natural world - their favourite places, memories, hopes for the future and more.

Our first guest is journalist and presenter, Steph McGovern. Originally from Middlesbrough and now based in North Yorkshire, Steph has presented BBC Breakfast, Shop Well for Less and Watchdog. More recently you may have seen her presenting The Steph Show on Channel 4, live from her own living room. In this special episode, she tells 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!

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New to the podcast?

Don’t miss our previous episodes:

  1. Heartwood - the largest new native woodland in England
  2. Loch Arkaig - the wilderness of an ancient pine forest, set among lochs and mountains
  3. Trees on farms - how trees are making a difference for one Nottinghamshire farmer
  4. Ben Shieldaig - a great example of Scotland’s rainforest and the Trust’s first mountain!
  5. Urban trees - discover the urban woods and trees of Leeds
  6. Joyden's Wood, Kent - a tranquil ancient woodland right on London’s doorstep
  7. Smithills Estate - an enormous, rugged landscape with stunning views across the North West
  8. Mead - discover the ex-coalmining land being turned into a young people's forest.

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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.

Creative ways to get your nature fix

There are lots of ways to feel close to trees, woods and wildlife during lockdown, from visual and audio tours to kids’ crafts and quizzes. Explore our ideas, and please remember to follow our guidelines on staying safe.