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June 14

Greenwich Nature Walk with Bob Gilbert

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Naval College Gardens, Old Royal Naval College
Greenwich, London, SE10 9LS United Kingdom
June 14, 2019
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Greenwich Nature Walk with Bob Gilbert author of Ghost Trees and The Green London Way



‘For most of us, the city is our starting point. If we are to restore any connection with nature at all, it is in the cities that we need to begin.’ Bob Gilbert, Ghost Trees


This is a walk, entirely in the environs of the Old Royal Naval College, that will look for the overlooked. Based on Bob’s recent book Ghost Trees, and on the idea of attentiveness to the natural word in any surroundings, it will seek out the fern that grows on top of a wall, the lichen to be found on the bark of a street tree, the plant that survives on a trodden path. It will also reveal the wealth of stories that lie behind them; how they arrived here, how they got their names, their medical, magical and mystical uses, and their relationship with place. Together these things provide an encounter with the extraordinary in the everyday. Bob Gilbert’s award-nominated Ghost Trees, is a book inspired by – and championing – the natural history of the inner-city and what we can learn from it.


Bob Gilbert is the author of Ghost Trees: Nature and People in a London Parish, and The Green London Way and has written a column for Ham & High on urban wildlife for the last 20 years. A contributor to TV and radio, including Natural World and BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme, Bob has also been a stand-up comedian, a long-standing campaigner for inner city conservation and chair of The Garden Classroom, a charity that promotes environmental education in London.


‘Full of deep truths and improbably marvels, this is a joyous hymn to the urban wild and a clarion call for better – greener, wilder – cities.’ Patrick Barkham, on Ghost Trees


Note to Participants: Wear sensible shoes, outerwear and expect to be on your feet for up to 90 minutes


Age: 15+


Please meet at the Book Festival Box Office which will be on the lawn outside King William Court near the marquee. After the walk Bob will be available for signing books.


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