Explore the Urban Forest – A Brief History of Trees in London

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Date(s) - 12/11/2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Chelsea Limes

Opening our new season of Urban Forest Explorations, to coincide with a new book from Paul Wood: London Tree Walks.  Paul is the author of ‘London is a Forest’ (2019) and ‘London’s Street Trees‘ (one of the Guardian’s Nature Books of 2017) and the Great Trees of London Map (2020). We entice you to delve into A Brief History of Trees in London.


Chelsea Embankment Memorial

There are 8.5 million trees in London, roughly one for every Londoner. Many are remarkable, some are very old indeed, while others are mere saplings. There are remnants from past landscapes to marvel at, grand trees planted to enhance architectural schemes and others  planted simply to improve the city’s environment.


In this virtual tour of London Paul Wood, author of a small spinney of books on the capital’s trees, will illustrate the story of the city’s trees from centuries-old veterans to twenty-first-century plantings shaping today’s cityscape. Along the way he’ll guide us through Jacobean, Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian urban treescapes.

This 45 – 60 minute tour is guaranteed to make you see the city in a whole new way!

Urban Forest Explorations are produced by the Museum of Walking.

Once you book, joining instructions will be sent to you within 3 hours of the event start – also check your junk mail, just in case!

To book, there is no set ticket price on this Virtual Tour – we give you a choice at three price points below – we hope you appreciate the efforts we put in to put these events on – many thanks, Andrew & Paul.

Free tickets area available to NHS staff and key workers 

Don’t want to pay via PayPal? – don’t worry, you can pay be credit card – check here to see the steps you will encounter when you book.

To find out more about previous or future Urban Forest Explorations with Paul Wood and the Museum of Walking – click here.

What participants told us on previous Exploring the Urban Forest walkshops: 

What I like best about the event | What I found surprising | How much I enjoyed it and why?

  • Learning and fun as one | All our friends wanted to come | 5 stars |
  • The tree talks | The trees that only this borough plants | 5 stars | Very interesting and good guide
  • Looking at local area & stories | The depth of knowledge of the guide| 5 stars | Interesting & enjoyable, lovely detail in unexpected places
  • The diversity of trees I had never seen before | The Strawberry tree | 5 stars | Paul was very informative

Buy Paul’s latest book?  London Tree Walks by Paul Wood – signed copy sent to your door – buy from Paul’s on-line shop

Image credits: Paul Wood

Featured image: Royal Oak, Richmond Park


Bookings are closed for this event.

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