Vincent Thurkettle has been a forester for 40 years and what he doesn't know about trees, firewood and wood fires isn't worth knowing. I was lucky enough to invite Vincent over to my house in the Brecon Beacons to talk all things tree-ish with him.
In this podcast, we sat out in my garden on a gorgeous spring morning to talk about the state of Britain's woodlands in the 21st century, how forestry practices have changed over the years and why we should love conifers. We had a fantastic backdrop of birdsong, including the lucky appearance of a rare firecrest.
Hope you enjoy the podcast.
Vincent's bible on chopping, stacking and seasoning wood – plus how to light the perfect fire is: