The idea that you could catch a glimpse of lions and tigers while walking among trees in the local park may sound fantastical - but that's exactly what lucky Paddy O'Connell does every day. In our latest episode, the TV and radio presenter takes us along on this exclusive experience, accompanied by Bob the dog.

Despite living in London, Paddy enjoys a regular dose of nature thanks to nearby Regent's Park. Home to London Zoo and what Paddy calls 'the most special sound in London', the 166 hectare park also has a lake, landscaped gardens and about 6,000 trees. Paddy could likely have named many of them as a child after memorising a book of trees, but though his ID skills have faded, he remains in awe of the natural world. 

During our chat we also discover:

  • how Paddy started in the world of broadcasting (he currently hosts Radio 4's Broadcasting House)
  • his special connection with D-Day veterans
  • his thoughts on presenting 'Should I be afraid of sausages?'!

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

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Don’t miss our previous episodes, including:

  • England’s largest new native wood at Heartwood
  • Loch Arkaig, an ancient Scotland pine forest
  • how trees are making a difference on a Nottinghamshire farm
  • 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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