Trees A Crowd

Trees A Crowd

www.treesacrowd.fm
Join artist and actor David Oakes for a series of informal, relaxed conversations with artists, scientists, creatives and environmentalists, as they celebrate the beauty of the natural world and how it inspires us as human beings.


Dr Richard Benwell: Carbon footprints and coots’ feet; the Greenman running in Wantage
Nov 22 • 53 min
Dr Richard Benwell is the chief executive of England’s largest environmental coalition. He has worked at the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and, most recently, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural…
Dr Jo Elworthy: Living in Eden – how to leave the world better than you found it
Nov 14 • 68 min
Dr Jo Elworthy is a botanist and the director of interpretation at the Eden Project in Cornwall. She’s been involved with Eden since its inception, and has spent a great deal of time researching plantlife as well as creating books and films speciali…
Sir John Lawton: The wit, wisdom and winged omens of the man who would re-wild Chernobyl
Nov 4 • 59 min
Professor Sir John Lawton is a fellow of the Royal Society, president of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and chair of the Endangered Landscapes Programme. Previously a trustee of the WWF, head of the
Amanda Owen: Deep in the Dales with the Yorkshire Shepherdess
Oct 18 • 65 min
Amanda Owen is a farmer, known to readers and television viewers worldwide as the ‘Yorkshire Shepherdess’. With her husband Clive and their nine children, she looks after Ravenseat, Swaledale – one of the most exposed farms in the Dales. Alongside r…
The Art of Trees: Live from the Cheltenham Literature Festival and the Woodland Trust
Oct 10 • 52 min
Trees have captured the imagination of some of Britain’s most important landscape painters, with artists including John Constable and Paul Nash inspired by their diversity of form, character and symbolic significance. Here, in discussion with Dav…
Harry Barton: Balancing Wildlife in Devon and a Vision of Natural Justice
Oct 2 • 66 min
Harry Barton is the chief executive of the Devon Wildlife Trust. He has worked for nearly 25 years in the environmental sector, including spells at the Earth Trust, the Council for National Parks, Kew Gardens, CPRE and the Wiltshire Wildlife Trus…
Tannis Davidson: Bulletproof elephants, 3D-printing a quagga and cloning thylacines
Sep 12 • 70 min
Tannis Davidson is the curator of the Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy at University College London. From unearthing the dismembered arms of mummies at archaeological digs in Egypt to searching for fossils in Beijing, Tannis has a …
Chris Watson (Part Two): If a podcast is recorded in a forest, and no one is around to hear it…
Aug 21 • 59 min
This is the second part of the conversation with Chris Watson, following on from the recordings made during the dawn chorus. Chris is a legendary sound recordist and president of the Wildlife Sound Recording Society. He’s worked on a whole host o…
Chris Watson (Part One): The winds catching the conifers – and the secrets of the dawn chorus
Aug 20 • 47 min
Chris Watson is the president of the Wildlife Sound Recording Society. He’s worked on a range of television and radio documentaries, alongside the likes of Sir David Attenborough. In this serene example of ‘slow radio’, Chris takes David to Stonehau…
Dr Jess French: Two legs, good – six legs, better! One woman and her many minibeasts
Aug 9 • 51 min
Dr Jess French is a veterinary surgeon, writer and television presenter. She fronts the CBeebies show Minibeast Adventureand has recently published the book, How to Help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear, both aimed at getting ou…
Dr Terry Gough: Sowing seeds in the flowerbeds of Kings and Queens
Jul 29 • 67 min
Dr Terry Gough is the head of gardens and estates at Hampton Court Palace. For nearly three decades, he’s followed in the footsteps of the likes of Lancelot Capability Brown, and has made the palace look and smell fit for a king. On a private walkin…
Rebecca Speight: The Overstory and Understory of the Woodland Trust
Jul 11 • 51 min
Rebecca Speight is currently the CEO of the Woodland Trust and will shortly be taking over the reigns of the RSPB. Beccy began her foray into the Natural World to satisfy her “sense of connectivity”. Following years working for the National Trust sh…
Wolfgang Buttress and Dr Martin Bencsik: Hive minds waxing lyrical
Jun 26 • 60 min
Wolfgang Buttress is an award-winning artist who creates multi-sensory artworks that draw inspiration from our evolving relationship with nature, and Dr Martin Bencsik is an associate professor in the School of Science and Technology at Nottingham T…
Bella Hardy: Singing in the Shadows of Mountains
Jun 13 • 53 min
In this episode, David speaks to award-winning folk musician Bella Hardy. A fiddle-singer and songwriter from Edale in the Peak District, she has performed at festivals worldwide and on the UK folk circuit since she was 13. In 2007, she released her…
Maldives Underwater Initiative: Diving with Pearls
May 30 • 74 min
In this episode, David speaks to members of the Maldives Underwater Initiative based at the Six Senses resort in Laamu Atoll. The initiative includes members of The Manta Trust, Blue Marine Foundation, The Olive Ridley Project and other marine speci…
Dr Guy Stevens: Guarding the Big Blue’s Gentle Giant
May 16 • 49 min
Dr Guy Stevens is the CEO and co-founder of The Manta Trust. An experienced marine biologist and expert in conservation, he set up the Maldivian Manta Ray Project in 2005. Working closely with the Maldivian government to establish protective measure…
Dr Fay Clark: Ring-tails, Killer Whales and the history of the British Zoo.
May 6 • 57 min
Dr Fay Clark is an animal welfare scientist. A self-confessed “zoo geek”, she specialises in the assessment and enhancement of captive animal welfare in traditional zoos, safari parks, sanctuaries and aquariums. She is currently based at Bristol Zoo…
Dr Ellinor Michel: Snail shells and concrete dinosaurs in deep time
Apr 25 • 60 min
Dr Ellinor Michel is a molluscan systemetist and ecologist at the Natural History Museum and chair of the Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs. Her work focuses on malacology (the study of molluscs), taxonomy and nomenclature, and the ecology of the …
Dr Steve Etches: Plumbing the prehistoric depths of the Kimmeridge Clay
Apr 22 • 55 min
Dr Steve Etches MBE is a renowned fossil expert. His collection of over 2,000 pieces from the Kimmeridge Clay include remains of ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs, pterosaurs and a whole host of Jurassic marine life. Once housed in his garage, the collectio…
Dr Katherine Brent: Morris dancing, bees and badger cull protestors
Apr 11 • 31 min
Dr Katherine Brent from Wotton-Under-Edge has danced the Morris since she was 18 years old for sides including Red Stags, Winterbourne Down, Rag Morris and Madcap Morris. She also teaches beekeeping for Rory’s Well, a charity dedicated to regenerati…
Astrid Goldsmith: Puppets, politics, and The Wind in the Willows with extra Wombles
Apr 4 • 52 min
Astrid Goldsmith is an award-winning stop-motion animator. After tuition from Great Uncle Bulgaria and 12 years of hand-making models for other people - including Garth Jennings (for “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”), the boy band Blue and the…
David Fettes: Going against the crowd - and the best moment to press the button
Mar 24 • 48 min
David Fettes is technically a wildlife photographer but is far better described as a force – and primarily a part – of nature. Growing up in India and in England, surrounded by snakes, langur monkeys and even more baleful creatures, he has stretched…
Polly Morgan: Form and colour rather than life and death
Mar 6 • 43 min
Polly Morgan is a modern artist known for her sculptural taxidermy. Growing up in pastoral Oxfordshire, she’s been surrounded by animals from an early age. After moving to London to read English literature at university, she took a one-day course in…
Mark Frith: a legacy of Britain’s ancient oaks
Feb 20 • 47 min
Mark Frith is an artist and film-maker. His documentaries include “The War on Love”, “Hotel Splendide”, and BAFTA award-winning documentary “The Lie of the Land”. In 2011, he began a project which was commissioned by the late publisher and poet Feli…