John Lewis-Stempel - The Wood (Omnibus)
The passage of the seasons in a year in the life of Cockshutt Wood in Herefordshire and its animal residents. Read by Greg Wise.
Over 12 months, this is the story of Cockshutt Wood in Herefordshire, representative of all the small woods in our landscape and the sanctuary they provide.
From January through to December, John Lewis-Stempel records the passage of the seasons in exquisite prose, as the cuckoo flits through the green shade in the silence and the wind of winter. He explores from the roots of the oak to its tips, under the black, spicy leaf mould of the woodland floor and up into the mysterious canopy.
It's a unique account of the animals that inhabit this refuge - the fox, the pheasant, the wood mouse and the tawny owl, among others - with the stories of their births, lives and deaths threaded through the book.
Omnibus of 5 parts read by Greg Wise.
Producer: David Roper
A Heavy Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2018.