Urban Forest: Embankment

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Date(s) - 10/12/2017
10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Embankment tube station

Sunday 10 December 10.30am-12.30pm Start: Embankment tube station Villiers St, London WC2N 6NS (Riverside exit)

Launching a new series of Stalking Trees walkshops, we are delighted to welcome Paul Wood, author of London Street Trees, to entice you to Explore the Urban Forest.

Photo credit: Paul Wood

For our December Urban Forest Exploration join us for a walk along Joseph Bazalgette’s Thames Embankment, the first thoroughfare to make provision for street trees in its construction. Heralded as a key public work “the appropriate, and appropriately civilized, cityscape for a prosperous commercial society”, the Embankment was constructed between 1865-1870 and represented an important step in making London recognised as an “exemplary imperial city”, and was one of the greatest, and most expensive public works undertaken in London.

It will be an opportunity to take a close look at Plane trees, London’s eponymous urban tree, their use in defining the Victorian city, their history and the future.

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 book that will be available to purchase.

Our route begins downriver from Westminster bridge and we will walk eastwards, down river towards Blackfriar’s Bridge (&station). Our route follows ‘evergreen’ London, through the Temple to seek out glades of Dawn Redwoods in Carey Street and north of the Royal Courts of Justice.  Our route then weaves its way through to Lincoln’s Inn Fields, with our end point being close to Holborn.

Book tickets: in advance on-line  £18, on the day £20 Accompanied children free


Find out more about Paul and our Explorations of the Urban Forest

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 Hackney plants | 4 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

Walking in Step with

Paul Wood