Our walk didn't go quite to plan for this episode - we never actually made it to the spot we set out to find! Fortunately our lovely guest, Cressida Cowell, didn't mind and was full of energy and insight as we confusedly wandered London's Kensington Gardens.

The author and illustrator of How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once, Cressida is also the current Waterstones Children’s Laureate. Her stories and her passion for trees and nature are inspired by childhood trips to a remote Scottish island and the ancient yew forest of Sussex' Kingley Vale, and her father who loved wildness.

As Cressida and I get lost together in the gardens, hear her:

  • ponder the future of the environment and how much we can learn from children
  • sing the hooligan national anthem from one of her books
  • praise the power of imagination, hope and focusing on the positives
  • recite compelling quotes from from Einstein, Matilda, E. B. White and more.

Our episode closes with a wonderful woodland walk sent in by young India and her dad - thank you India! We'd love to hear from you too, 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 walk and we may feature it in a future podcast.

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  • 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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