The Forestry England Podcast

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Forestry England's new podcast series

Take the forest with you

Each week, host Bex Lindsay visits a different Forestry England site to discover the hidden joys and wonders of wild spaces. From arts to history, wellbeing to wildlife, she's on a quest to learn more about the nation's forests and the people who spend time in them. 

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Episode 1: Forest bathing and wellness, with Shareefa J - at Alice Holt Forest, Hampshire

Join Bex as she heads to Alice Holt Forest in Hampshire to chat with Helen Littlejohn and Shareefa J about wellbeing in nature.

Discover why forests are good for both your mental and physical health, try out some forest bathing from home, and hear the eery sounds of forest fungi through some clever technology.

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Episode 2: Art and artists of the forest, with Shona Branigan - at Grizedale Forest, Cumbria

Bex heads to Grizedale Forest in Cumbria to meet Hazel Stone and Shona Branagan about art in the nation's forests.

Hear how Grizedale became the country's first forest for sculpture, what inspires artists to work in forests, and listen to the digitally manipulated sound of tree rings.

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Art in the forest

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Forest wildlife

Episode 3: Forest wildlife and pine martens, with NatureSpy - at Dalby Forest, Yorkshire

Bex visits Dalby Forest in Yorkshire to speak with Gareth Parry, Ed Snell and Rachel Gardner about the hidden lives of wildlife in our forests.

Find out about how wildlife survive and thrive in different environments, how pine martens are making a come back, and take in the creepy ultrasonic noises of bats flying above.

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Episode 4: Planning forests for the future - at Thetford Forest, Norfolk

Bex heads to Thetford Forest in Norfolk to chat with Dr Ellie Tew, Naomi Smith and Chris Reynolds about the challenges facing our forests.

Learn how forest planning is crucial to ensuring forests survive into the future, how species diversification creates healthy forests, and listen in to Thetford's sound trail, remixed by artificial intelligence.

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Forests for the future

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Episode 5: Timber and caring for forests, with Trash Free Trails - at Cannock Chase Forest, Staffordshire

Bex visits Cannock Chase Forest in Staffordshire to speak with James Simpson about timber, and Rich Breedon about the work of Trash Free Trails.

Hear how timber harvesting and environmental protection can go hand in hand, learn how you can help keep forests in good condition, and hear the lifecycle of a forest, condensed into sixty seconds.

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Episode 6: Mountain biking in forests - at the Forest of Dean Cycle Centre, Gloucestershire

Bex finishes her tour with a visit to the Forest of Dean, to chat with Dan Cook, Stephen Paddock and Andy Davis about mountain biking in forests.

Listen in as Bex hears how mountain bike trails are built, and what it's like to cycle in a forest, and Producer Adam's been at it again creating the sound of cycling.

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Mountain biking

Keep exploring...

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Read about wildlife in the nation's forests and discover key projects helping nature to thrive across our landscapes.

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Be inspired by wellbeing ideas and stories from the forest.

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Explore over 2,500 km of cycling trails for all levels across the nation's forests.

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Help us look after the forests you love and enjoy free parking and more.

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