In a lesser known park of West London, we meet journalist and presenter Adrian Chiles to celebrate the benefits and beauty of urban trees.

Accompanied by his niece Loxie and dog Tito, Adrian chats animatedly about his appreciation for green city spaces and the countryside, declaring 'I just love trees'!

We chat too about Adrian's career, and as I first met him almost thirty years ago, we reminisce a little about our good times at the BBC in the nineties. At times both funny and frank, he touches on his experiences of depression and anxiety too, and how urban parks give him relief from the overstimulation of the city.

Also in this episode, hear Adrian on:

  • finally conquering the lofty chestnut tree he feared climbing as a child
  • visiting Westonbirt Arboretum as a teenager
  • not really liking mornings
  • attempting to master tree ID
  • words of wisdom from Steve Wright and boyband Bros!

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The smaller, less celebrated urban parks are a massive thing for this country that we take for granted. I walk around them in wonder. Wherever I go in the country, I find a local park and go for a walk. I just think all life is there.

Adrian

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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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