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88 Episodes | 2021 - 2022

The SwimCast Episode 53: It's All Off...?

June 10th, 2022

11:21

Simon and Tracey receive the bad news that all tomorrow's swims have been cancelled. Is there still hope? What will they do? What about the wetsuit hire dilema? The answers to these questions and more are in Episode 53 …

The SwimCast Episode 52: Early Morning Excitement

June 9th, 2022

19:53

Tracey and Simon prepare to set off on the first leg to get their legs in Lake Windermere, for their one mile swim challenge on Saturday. To sponsor Tracey and Simon to swim the mile, visit WordForest.org/swim22

The SwimCast Episode 50: The Final Countdown

June 9th, 2022

14:31

As the weekend of the Great North Swim approaches, Tracey and Simon are keeping a beady eye on the sand timer and trying to squeeze in as much practice as possible. To sponsor Tracey and Simon to swim a mile across Lake …

The SwimCast Episode 51: Final Training Session.

June 8th, 2022

22:20

Tracey and Simon cometed an uninterrupted mile in their local pool as the final training swim before the big swim on Saturday. To sponsor Tracey and …

The SwimCast Episode 49: Blow Dry Bedding.

June 4th, 2022

7:28

Tracey and Simon discuss the merits of drying your washing on an outside line. Simon invents the Solar Clothes Port. To sponsor Tracey and Simon to …

The SwimCast Episode 48: Absent Without Leave

June 3rd, 2022

20:39

After a break of two days, the rambling duo are back with a bang. The ghost of Ronnie Corbett influences the conversation and Simon and Tracey realise its a week until they travel to Lake Windermere. To sponsor Tracey …

The SwimCast Episode 47: Water Water Everywhere

May 30th, 2022

9:18

Tracey and Simon talk about Adam's Ale and discuss getting Wet Wet Wet in Lake Windermere. To sponsor Tracey and Simon to swim a mile across that lake on 11th June, visit WordForest.org/swim22.

The SwimCast Episode 46: Trains, Planes, Automobiles.

May 29th, 2022

13:45

Tracey and Simon have been on their travels and ponder the costs of different forms of transport. How can flying be so cheap and why is train travel so expensive? To sponsor Tracey and Simon to swim a mile across Lake …

The SwimCast Episode 45: Nearly Forgot It!

May 28th, 2022

17:35

Tracey and Simon have had a long and tiring day. Did Simon swim in the sea? Did Tracey join him? Will they continue rambling on about vegetables? Find out, in this episode of The SwimCast! To sponsor Tracey and Simon to …

The SwimCast Episode 44:Oh Dear Me!

May 27th, 2022

11:25

Tracey and Simon discover what has been munching their roses and make a promise to swim in the sea tomorrow. To sponsor Tracey and Simon to swim a mile across Lake Windermere, visit WordForest.org/swim22

The SwimCast Episode 43: Gardener's Rambling Time

May 26th, 2022

14:46

Tracey and Simon continue to rail against the bunnies and discuss oily sunflowers. To sponsor Tracey and Simon to swim a mile across Lake Windermere, visit WordForest.org/swim22

The SwimCast Episode 42: Fox, Thrush, Swim

May 25th, 2022

15:32

Tracey and Simon discuss vegetables, foxes, thrushes and open water swimming... all whilst eating (vegan) bangers and mash. To sponsor Tracey and Simon to swim a mile across Lake Windermere, visit WordForest.org/swim22

The SwimCast Episode 41: Back On Track

May 24th, 2022

9:17

After a two week hiatus, Simon and Tracey are back on their early morning swims and for once, they arrive before the pool opens at 6:30am!

To sponsor …

The SwimCast Episode 40: Food For All

May 23rd, 2022

12:39

Tracey and Simon ponder a squirrel's jumping ability and terminal velocity, and promise to return to swimming practice tomorrow. To sponsor Tracey and Simon to swim a mile across Lake Windermere, visit …

The SwimCast Episode 39: We Need Bees

May 22nd, 2022

11:56

Tracey discovers a huge bee that has died and laments it's passing and discusses how critical they are with Simon. To sponsor Tracey and Simon to swim a mile across Lake Windermere, visit WordForest.org/swim22

The SwimCast Episode 38: Rabbits and Moles

May 21st, 2022

13:52

Simon and Tracey have been working hard in the garden and enjoying most of the wildlife that visits. To sponsor Tracey and Simon to swim a mile across Lake Windermere, visit WordForest.org/swim22

The SwimCast Episode 37: Slowly Does It

May 20th, 2022

13:35

Tracey and Simon discuss extreme weather in Spain, France, Pakistan and India and talk about some of the learning from the introduction to …

The SwimCast Episode 36: Post Selgars Mill

May 19th, 2022

13:54

Tracey and Simon sit with aching feet and hearts fit to burst as they ponder the memories created during tge last three days with their fantastic …

The SwimCast Episode 35: Share The Knowledge.

May 18th, 2022

10:23

Tracey and Simon have been catering for the people on the Word Forest introduction to permaculture three day residential and it has been inspiring …

The SwimCast Episode 34: Waffle and Wonderment.

May 17th, 2022

12:49

Simon and Tracey fight the need to sleep as they host the first day of the introduction to permaculture residential course with some if their team. …

The SwimCast Episode 33: Late Night Broadcast.

May 16th, 2022

12:48

Tracey's pulling a late one to get ready for a big Word Forest event which starts tomorrow. Simon is uncoiling complex molecules. To sponsor Tracey …

The SwimCast Episode 32: Too Many Tomatoes?

May 15th, 2022

9:58

Despite the rather large number of tomato plants in Tracey and Simon's greenhouse and garden, Tracey still thinks there is no such thing as too many tomatoes. Time to send some to a friend? To sponsor Tracey and Simon …

The SwimCast Episode 31: Got The Nibbles!

May 14th, 2022

9:55

Tracey and Simon collapse in a crisp-fuelled heap after a truly spectacular day of hard thinking at an RSA Fellows' conference. To sponsor Tracey and …

The Swimcast Episode 30: Good Green Plans

May 13th, 2022

11:20

Tracey and Simon discuss what vegetables to grow deliberating yield over choice and if it's best to overtake slower swimmers.

To sponsor Tracey or Simon to swim a mile across Lake Windermere visit WordForest.org/swim22

The SwimCast Episode 29: On The Upside

May 12th, 2022

11:34

Tracey is back on form and has had the first tiny bit of harvest from the garden. If you would like to sponsor Tracey and Simon to swim a mile across …

The SwimCast Episode 28: Genuine Tissue Alert

May 11th, 2022

10:51

Tracey pours her heart out to Simon. He scoops it all back up and puts it in a teacup.

To sponsor Tracey and Simon to swim a mile across Lake Windermere, visit WordForest.org/swim22.

The SwimCast Episode 27: Under The Hour

May 10th, 2022

11:28

Tracey and Simon go for their morning swim with a target of doing the mile in less than an hour. Will PMA be enough?

To sponsor Tracey and Simon swimming a mile across Lake Windermere on June 11th, visit

The SwimCast Episode 26: Every Little Thing

May 9th, 2022

8:45

Simon and Tracey discuss how much the little things you do every day really matter, and give an update on the veggies growing in their garden. To sponsor Tracey and Simon swimming a mile across Lake Windermere on June …

The SwimCast Episode 25: All Topped Up

May 8th, 2022

7:38

Tracey proclaims to Simon she feels a tipsiness on life itself, following a much needed and wonderfully restful weekend with friends. Cheers to that. …

The SwimCast Episode 24: All Fired Up

May 7th, 2022

6:45

Simon and Tracey discuss rubbish as a resource and salivate at what lies ahead.

The SwimCast Episode 23: Black Gold Beds

May 6th, 2022

10:56

Tracey and Simon dig the dirt and do their impersonation of the mice from Bagpuss: "Heave, heave, heave!"

To sponsor Simon and Tracey on their one mile swim across Lake Windermere, visit WordForest.org/Swim22

The SwimCast Episode 22: Eau, Pour Vie

May 5th, 2022

9:45

Tracey and Simon take a five minute break with a beaker. They count every single watery blessing as they pay homage to amazing Kenyan women.

To sponsor Simon and Tracey on their one mile swim across Lake Windermere, …

The SwimCast Episode 21: Rest Matters Too!

May 4th, 2022

8:47

Tracey and Simon quietly deliberate the phenomenal power of general slowness, necessary rest and Valerian root tea.

To sponsor Simon and Tracey on their one mile swim across Lake Windermere, visit WordForest.org/Swim22

The SwimCast Episode 20: Having A 404

May 3rd, 2022

9:08

Tracey and Simon step back from a layer-cake of a day and realise there are never going to be enough hours in it. Thank goodness for early mornings and the green gym!

To sponsor Simon and Tracey on their one mile swim …

The SwimCast Episode 19: You Dig It?

May 2nd, 2022

8:54

Tracey, Simon and horticultural chum, Phil, chew over what constitutes a weed. All in all, this is a grubby episode.

To sponsor Simon and Tracey on …

The SwimCast Episode 18: Charging Point Challenge

May 1st, 2022

11:23

Tracey and Simon are allocated their swim times and ponder the requirements for a happy journey from the deep South to the gorgeous North of the UK in an electric vehicle.

To sponsor Simon and Tracey on their one mile …

The SwimCast Episode 17: Unexpected Nature Reserve

April 30th, 2022

12:15

Tracey and Simon collapse in a heap with two mugs of tea and ruminate on a wonderful change of plan and a magical mystery tour to a greeny-brown …

The SwimCast Episode 16: Specially Scientifically Advised

April 29th, 2022

9:26

Simon and Tracey greet the sunrise with English breakfast tea and email. They pay homage (and pay respect) to the magnificent scientists who are trying to help our planet.

To sponsor Tracey and Simon to swim a mile …

The SwimCast Episode 15: All Podcasted Out

April 28th, 2022

8:10

After a long and rather tiring day, Tracey talks horizontally while Simon's dogs are barking.

To sponsor Tracey and Simon to swim a mile across Lake Windermere, please visit WordForest.org/swim22

The SwimCast Episode 14: On The Tube

April 27th, 2022

4:14

Tracey confesses to Simon that she has fried her brain over tangled technology. Simon helps her see the (non-electric) light and revel in their …

The SwimCast Episode 13: Mass Participation Discussion

April 26th, 2022

6:49

Tracey and Simon dig the pointy fork in whilst pondering what the next big thing will be in charity fundraising. The worms got quite excited by her suggestion.

To sponsor Tracey and Simon to swim a mile across Lake …

The SwimCast Episode 12: Gardener, Heal Thyself

April 25th, 2022

7:53

Tracey and Simon are joined by horticultural expert, Phil. It seems the green gym has more up its leafy sleeve than meets the eye.

To sponsor Tracey …

The SwimCast Episode 11: Guilty as Charged

April 24th, 2022

6:54

Simon helps Tracey brush her guilt off as they shove it on a train with a one way ticket to Far Away and don't come back. Tomorrow's training swim will be here before she knows it and if all goes as planned, it'll …

The SwimCast Episode 10: Inspiration by Osmosis

April 23rd, 2022

8:09

Tracey and Simon draw sporting inspiration from purposeful perspiration. They lead a fabulous bunch of fundraisers from the Vegan Runners as they …

The SwimCast Episode 9: Positivity Always Wins

April 22nd, 2022

8:16

Tracey toasts Simon with an icy lemonade and lime as they chew over the whys and wherefores of what they're doing to celebrate Earth Day 2022.

The SwimCast Episode 8: All the 'ations

April 21st, 2022

8:54

Simon hits a little wall in his early morning routine and Tracey digs around in the 'ations to find out where his mojo is hiding.

To sponsor Tracey and Simon to swim a mile across Lake Windermere, please visit

The SwimCast Episode 7: Interruption of Power

April 20th, 2022

6:21

Tracey and Simon power through their temporary tea drought and Tracey comes to terms with the fact that her Latin is rubbish.

To sponsor Tracey and Simon to swim a mile across Lake Windermere, please visit

The SwimCast Episode 6: Squeeze the Clock

April 19th, 2022

6:43

Tracey and Simon hit a bit of a milestone. They also cogitate the whys and wherefores of finding time and discover they have a shared bugbear about the pokey watch.

To sponsor Tracey and Simon to swim a mile across Lake …

The SwimCast Episode 5: Swimming Hat Shenanigans

April 18th, 2022

6:27

Simon and Tracey negotiate Bank Holiday weather in the garden as they exercise muscles they never knew existed. They also discuss every breath you …

The SwimCast Episode 4: Up And In

April 17th, 2022

6:21

Tracey and Simon rise early on Easter Sunday to fit in a training swim and she praises him for his inspirational Kermit legs.

To sponsor Tracey and Simon to swim a mile across Lake Windermere, please visit

The SwimCast Episode 3: We're All A-Jar

April 16th, 2022

7:20

Tracey's worryingly-loaded, protein-based early morning breakfast dilemma and discussion, leaves Simon (eventually) relieved it's nothing serial-ous.

To sponsor Tracey and Simon to swim a mile across Lake Windermere, …

The SwimCast Episode 2: The Spreadsheet King

April 15th, 2022

5:55

Supergeek Simon impresses Tracey with his multi-coloured training schedule. Different colours, different lines, different regimes, hoping for a good …

The SwimCast Episode 1: Me have idea!

April 14th, 2022

6:35

Tracey West (CEO and co-founder of Word Forest) shares an ambitious left-of-field fundraising epiphany with husband Simon (the other co-founder, Chair of Trustees, Head Geek) over a plate of vegan meatballs.

To sponsor …

Older Interviews Episode 4: Clare Nasir interviews Tony Juniper (March 2021)

April 5th, 2022

11:05

Our patron, meteorologist and presenter Clare Nasir, interviews Tony Juniper, the chairman of Natural England.

You can find out more about the work …

Older Interviews Episode 3: Clare Nasir interviews Tom Watson (March 2021)

April 5th, 2022

12:33

Our patron, meteorologist and presenter Clare Nasir, interviews author, rower and podcaster Tom Watson.

You can find out more about the work we do by …

Older Interviews Episode 2: Our Celebrit-Tees campaign featured on BBC Radio Solent (November 2020)

April 5th, 2022

6:38

The Word Forest Organisation CEO, Tracey West, talks with Fern Balch of BBC Radio Solent about the launch of our Celebri-Tee merchandise campaign. …

Older Interviews Episode 1: Saskia Griffiths-Moore, the New Album & Offsetting its CO2

April 5th, 2022

2:50

Saskia Griffiths-Moore is an exceptionally talented folk singer, songwriter and musician. Our Tracey & Simon West caught up with Saskia earlier …

TATKAW Interviews Episode 6 - Professor Ian Bateman (Part 2)

March 27th, 2022

14:04

As part of Trees Are The Key Awareness Week and in collaboration with Falmouth University’s Sustainability Week, Tracey and Simon West interviewed …

TATKAW Interviews Episode 5: Clare Nasir and Melinda Messenger

March 26th, 2022

15:29

As part of Trees Are The Key Awareness Week, our Patron, Clare Nasir interviews Melinda Messenger and talks about psychotherapy and Melinda's love of trees.

Visit wordforest.org/week to view all our Awareness Week …

TATKAW Interviews Episode 4 - Simon West and Jo Smith on BBC Radio Solent

March 25th, 2022

7:10

As part of Trees Are The Key Awareness Week, our Managing Director Simon West and Digital Strategist Jo Smith spoke with Steve Harris on BBC Radio …

TATKAW Interviews Episode 3 - Professor Ian Bateman (Part 1)

March 24th, 2022

36:25

As part of Trees Are The Key Awareness Week and in collaboration with Falmouth University’s Sustainability Week, Tracey and Simon West interviewed …

TATKAW Interviews Episode 2: Charlotte Appleton-Pilbeam

March 23rd, 2022

7:49

As part of Trees Are The Key Awareness Week, Martha Pearce and Charlotte Appleton-Pilbeam, both pupils of Colyton Grammar School, discuss the …

TATKAW Interviews Episode 1: Professor Bill McGuire

March 21st, 2022

18:48

As part of our Trees Are The Key Awareness Week 2022, our Managing Director Simon West interviewed Professor Bill McGuire on the future of climate activism. What options do we have? Where are we headed? What needs to …

COP26 Episode 25: Simon West discusses COP26 on the GB News New Year's Day Broadcast

January 1st, 2022

6:55

On the 1st of January 2022, our Chair of Trustees and Managing Director Simon West spoke about the successes and failures of COP26 on GB News.

Check out our COP26 newsfeed for, jargon free content and analysis from the …

COP26 Episode 24: Simon West speaks on The Briefing with Darren McCaffrey

December 23rd, 2021

5:29

On the 23rd of December 2021, our Chair of Trustees and Managing Director Simon West spoke about the successes and failures of COP26 on the GB News program The Briefing with Darren McCaffrey.

Check out our COP26 …

COP26 Episode 23: The Word Forest Organisation on BBC Radio Solent's Our Environment with Tom Stroud

November 23rd, 2021

10:22

Tracey and Simon West spoke on the BBC Radio Solent special program Our Environment presented by Tom Stroud. They talk about the outcomes of COP26 as …

COP26 Episode 22: Tracey West on BBC Radio Solent - Post-Conference Discussion Part 2

November 23rd, 2021

5:04

Having had some time to reflect, Tracey West spoke on BBC Radio Solent in the wake of COP26.

Check out our COP26 newsfeed for daily, jargon free …

COP26 Episode 21: Tracey West on BBC Radio Solent - Post-Conference Discussion Part 1

November 23rd, 2021

6:30

Having had some time to reflect, Tracey West spoke on BBC Radio Solent in the wake of COP26.

Check out our COP26 newsfeed for daily, jargon free …

COP26 Episode 20: Main Learnings and Key Take-aways

November 17th, 2021

2:50

In the closing moments of COP26, our team asked a plethora of attendees from all over the world to give their opinions, learnings and key take-aways from the events of the conference.

Check out our COP26 newsfeed for, …

COP26 Episode 19: Depicting COP26 Through Art

November 13th, 2021

4:29

At the entrance to the Blue Zone, a great variety of people were telling the stories of COP26 through many a vibrant medium. One such creative was Dr Cecile Girardin from the University of Oxford whose goal was to …

COP26 Episode 18: In Conversation with Compassion in World Farming

November 12th, 2021

9:40

On the final day of COP26, Tracey spoke to James West, a policy maker at Compassion in World Farming. They are a charity who campaign for animal …

COP26 Episode 17: Simon West on BBC Radio Solent As the Conference Comes to a Close

November 12th, 2021

4:03

With COP26 nearing its end, Simon spoke to Steve Harris on BBC Radio Solent about the outcomes so far and the lack of solid commitment from …

COP26 Episode 16: Alternatives to Diesel - What Options Do We Have?

November 12th, 2021

8:39

Lauren speaks to Steve Bond and Charlotte Higgins of Other Oils about alternatives to the binary of fossil-fuel and electric vehicles. They talk about the pros and cons of bio-diesels and hydro-treated vegetable oil, …

COP26 Episode 15: Is There Hope? A Climate Scientist's View

November 11th, 2021

7:34

On Saturday, our special scientific advisor Bill Mcguire hosted a panel where he gave his thoughts on the current state of climate action.

Check out our COP26 news feed for daily, jargon free updates from the conference …

COP26 Episode 14: In Conversation with the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum

November 11th, 2021

8:46

Simon West spoke to Doug McMurdo of the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) about the importance of holding large corporations accountable in …

COP26 Episode 13: In Conversation with the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

November 11th, 2021

2:25

Simon West spoke to Asher Minns of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

Check out our COP26 news feed for daily, jargon free updates from the conference and the fringe.

https://www.wordforest.org/cop26/

COP26 Episode 12: Learn With Grandma - Finding Sustainable Solutions

November 11th, 2021

8:09

Our digital strategist Jo Smith spoke to Valerie Wood Gaiger of Learn with Grandma, a charity that find sustainable solutions for people across the …

COP26 Episode 11: What Can Chemists Bring to the Party?

November 10th, 2021

4:54

Simon West spoke to Edwin Silvester of the Royal Society of Chemistry about the role chemists are playing in the fight against climate chaos.

Check …

COP26 Episode 10: Simon West Gives an Update on BBC Radio Solent

November 9th, 2021

4:17

Our creative director Simon West spoke on BBC Radio Solent about the events of COP26 and what we can all do to help fight climate chaos.

Check out …

COP26 Episode 9: In Conversation with an Environmental Consultant

November 9th, 2021

4:59

Tracey West speaks to Stanley Rayfield, an environmental consultant attending COP26 with PlanetPod, an environmental podcast also covering the …

COP26 Episode 8: Helping Us to Visualise the Climate Crisis

November 6th, 2021

4:17

04/11/2021: Lauren Beavis interviews Professor Nigel Fox on his work with Space4Climate. He explains how satellite technology can help us to …

COP26 Episode 7: A Reflection on COP26 Overwhelm

November 4th, 2021

2:06

Our social media specialist Lauren took some time to reflect on the sometimes overwhelming nature of COP26. It's important to look after yourself while doing your part in the fight against climate chaos.

Check out our …

COP26 Episode 6: Tracey West Talks to the XR Faith Bridge

November 3rd, 2021

8:06

Tracy caught up with Hilary Bond during the Extinction Rebellion Faith Bridge Earth Vigil. They talk about the journeys people have made and the …

COP26 Episode 5: Our Initial Thoughts

November 2nd, 2021

1:27

On day one of COP26, Simon and our E-Learning creator Lucy gave their thoughts on the process of entering the conference.

Check out our COP26 news feed for daily, jargon free updates from the conference and the fringe.

COP26 Episode 4: Reducing carbon emissions by using local crew

November 2nd, 2021

2:45

Australian TV networks have employed local film crews to reduce the carbon emissions caused by their presence at COP26. Simon spoke to one crew about their work and their expectations.

Check out our COP26 news feed for …

COP26 Episode 3: Tracey West Interviews Dave Harland, CEO of The Eden Project

November 1st, 2021

5:16

On the first day of proceedings, Tracey spoke to Dave Harland, CEO of The Eden Project, about what they will be doing throughout the two weeks and …

COP26 Episode 2: Tracey West Discusses the Upcoming Conference with Nick Henry, CEO of climateaction.org

October 31st, 2021

4:21

During their journey up to COP26, Tracey and Simon bumped into Nick Henry, CEO of climateaction.org, at a charging station. They discuss the goals of both organisations and what they wish to achieve at the conference.

COP26 Episode 1: Simon West Discusses the Conference on BBC Radio Solent Dorset Breakfast with Steve Harris

October 29th, 2021

6:47

With COP26 just a few days away, our managing director Simon West spoke to Steve Harris on BBC Radio Solent Dorset Breakfast. He discusses our role …

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