This event has finished Took place on: Thursday, 20th Jun 2019
Join us at Stanfords as Paul Wood discusses his new book London is a Forest.
Can a city be a forest?
At first glance, this does not chime with our childhood idea of the ‘wild wood’ – a dark entanglement of trees, where humans fear to tread. But a forest does not need to be dense and impenetrable, and it’s not unheard of for people to live in them either. In London, 8.6 million people are crammed into just 600 square miles alongside 8.3 million trees, and millions upon millions of other plants, insects and animals. According to one UN definition, this makes the city a forest.
The Forestry Commission agree, describing London as the world’s largest urban forest.
Following a number of trails through the rich diversity of the capital, London is a Forest will look closely at the urban forest, our relationships with it and attitudes towards it and will uncover the fascinating stories and secrets it holds.
Paul Wood explores its geography, its past and future, and looks at the remarkable variety of life supported in this unique metropolitan ecosystem. From the edgelands to the beating heart of the clamorous 21st century megacity, a wealth of arboreal details, history, legend and anecdotes.
Complementing the trails, Wood will look in more detail at the fascinating stories of some of the iconic, and some of the more hidden species that define the urban forest. These will include familiar tree species like the London Plane, Oaks, Cherries and Hornbeam, alongside the rare Wild Service Tree and the surprising Tree of Heaven. Other inhabitants of the forest such as parakeets, urban foxes and, of course, humans will also be featured.
Tickets £4 (redeemable against the price of London is a Forest).
Includes a glass of wine/soft drink.
Paul Wood is author of London’s Street Trees: a Field Guide to the Urban Forest, the first book on the city’s frontline trees. He was a Trustee of the London Wildlife Trust for many years, and now leads frequent walks exploring London’s fascinating urban arboretum.
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Reserve tickets at this website2019-06-20 2019-06-20 Europe/London London is a Forest with Paul Wood Join us at Stanfords as Paul Wood discusses his new book London is a Forest. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2019/06/20/london-is-a-forest-with-paul-wood-200554 Stanfords,7 Mercer Walk,,London