Wednesday 20 September 2017 6.15pm-8.15pm Start: Goodge Street tube station
On our walk, we shall encounter early nineteenth century streets in Fitzrovia with infill planting, planned boulevards in Bloomsbury and postwar regeneration. We shall see a range of different species, including the iconic London Plane Platanus x acerifolia and a range of other tree species planted at different times reflecting changing tastes and approaches to urban forest management.
Since the second-half of the twentieth century, street tree planting has become a function of local authorities. It has become increasingly professionalised, with tree officers working alongside planners and architects. Species selection is more nuanced and an ever increasing ‘palette’ of trees are available for planting in virtually every urban situation.
Paul Wood is the author of ‘London’s Street Trees’, a beautiful and practical field guide to the city’s urban forest. Paul is interested in looking at London through its street trees; how they relate to the built environment, their cultural and social history, and of course the remarkable variety of native and exotic species to be encountered as we Explore the Urban Forest.
We will be handing out a field notebook and pencils, for you to keep your own learning journal and Paul will be signing copies of his books. A special discount for the books will be made available to those on the walk.
We will follow a circular route beginning and ending at Goodge Street tube station (Northern Line (Charing Cross branch).
Book on-line via Eventbrite £15 in advance, £20 on the day
What I like best about the event | What I found surprising | How much I enjoyed it and why?
- Quirky history putting in context | Different borough preferences | 5 stars | Different angle on London. Mix of nature & urban. Expertise and well animated.
- The unusual theme – different way of looking at an area I know well | The great variety of trees | 4 stars | Opportunity to stop and savour details of the locations as well as trees
- Expertise / knowledge of host | Number of species in a small area| 5 stars | Trees! Early evening autumnal walk
- Finding out about so many trees I didn’t know & their use as street trees | All the different plane trees | 4 stars | I learned about many trees
Walking in Step with:
Paul Wood https://thestreettree.com/