For our second podcast recorded during lockdown, internationally-renowned author Tracy Chevalier takes us among the trees of London's Hampstead Heath. Originally from America, Tracy has published ten novels including Girl With a Pearl Earring and has been an ambassador for the Trust since 2014.

In this episode, Tracy describes how trees bring her comfort. She considers how lockdown has changed our attitudes to nature, and introduces us to two trees that hold special meaning for her. Against a backdrop of beautiful birdsong and happy children, she even climbs up into an old oak to show us a different perspective!

At this time of worldwide crisis, access to nature is more important than ever. We hope this alternative to our usual podcast format brings you a valuable dose of trees, woods and wildlife. 

Listen to the podcast now on Apple podcast and iTunesLibsyn or Soundcloud.

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
  9. Steph McGovern - a lockdown interview on important outdoor spaces and attitudes to nature.

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Please subscribe to the podcast if you want to hear more adventures in the woodlands of the UK and don’t forget to rate us or leave a review!

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.