Mysterious co-ordinates, bad phone signal and stubborn ponies meant my walk with TV historian Dan Snow almost didn’t happen! I eventually tracked him down in the New Forest, one of his favourite woods in the UK and a wonderful place for history. But while history is a huge part of his life – he has his own History Hit podcast and TV channel - it’s not his only passion. He’s also a self-confessed tree hugger.

His love for the New Forest is clear on our walk. While growing up in suburban London, his family regularly visited the area and he now lives nearby, describing it as a special and nurturing landscape.

Of course, he sees many things with a historian’s eyes - a branch that looks perfect for a ship’s hull, or the story behind the timber of an 11th century Westminster Abbey door. But trees are a tonic for Dan too. Gone are the days of partying through jet lag when travelling to far-flung filming locations – now he restores his equilibrium by seeking out the nearest green spaces. Like many of us – especially in 2020 - he has found woods important for his wellness, a place of extraordinary healing.

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