Stuck inside? Let us bring the outside to you
Did you know the Woodland Trust made Podcasts? You may not be able to get out but we can help bring the outdoors to you.
For the latest episode, a very wet and windy day was brightened by a hidden gem just 13 miles from central London. Tucked away behind rows of houses in a residential area in Bexley, it’s a wonderful surprise to discover acres of woodland with a fascinating history stretching back to Roman times – and a scheduled ancient monument no less!
On our walk around Joyden’s Wood, we meet:
- Peter Coles who manages the site and shows us some of the highlights, including World War II bomb craters, restored heathland, and Faesten Dic, a defensive structure built to help keep Roman Londoners out of Saxon Kent.
- Lorienne Whittle, who explains how the Trust’s Nature’s Calendar project tracks the effects of weather and climate change on wildlife across the UK. Its records go all the way back to 1736!
- Nature’s Calendar volunteer Greg Tingey, who tells us how he records different species for the project from his home in London, and the changes he’s seen over the last 20 years.