With lockdown upon us once more, we've chatted to more famous faces - and voices - to help bring you a taste of the great outdoors. In this episode, we meet Kathy Clugston: newsreader, continuity announcer and perhaps most famously, host of Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time. 

As well as Kathy's love of the great outdoors, we talk about playing the ukelele and her broadcasting career - including 4am starts working with me!

She also takes us on a foggy winter walk through Belfast's Ormeau Park, where meandering paths lead through hundreds of trees, along the river and into woodland. Having visited for 50 years and grateful to now live nearby, it's a place Kathy finds heartening and bolstering. In these uncertain times, that's something we all need. I hope you're managing to find the same wherever you are, and that you enjoy this episode. 

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  • Ben Shieldaig, a great example of Scotland’s rainforest
  • the urban woods and trees of Leeds
  • Joyden’s Wood, a tranquil ancient wood close to London
  • the Trust’s largest site in England – Smithills Estate
  • the new young people’s forest at Mead
  • special tree-themed interviews with celebrities and staff.

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