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Ghost Trees Nature and People in a London Parish

by Bob Gilbert

Ghost Trees Nature and People in a London Parish Synopsis

When Bob Gilbert moved to London's East End, he began to record the natural world of his new inner city patch. Especially the trees: their history, their stories, the trees' relationship with people. Bob takes a personal journey of exploration through the generations of trees that have helped shape the London district of Poplar, from the original wildwood through to the street trees of today. Drawing from history and natural history, poetry and painting, myth and magic, he reveals the hidden influences that lost landscapes - the 'ghost trees' - have had on the shape of the city today. Beautifully written, passionate, flecked with 'acts of defiance' against the brutalities of capitalism and urban planning, Ghost Trees captures the very spirit of one unique city community.

Ghost Trees Nature and People in a London Parish Press Reviews

Warm, rich and fascinating... [Gilbert] is a generous guide, with a deep knowledge of plant life and a fine turn of phrase. Jon Day, Guardian (books of the year); 'A joyous hymn to the urban wild and a clarion call for better - greener, wilder - cities.' Patrick Barkham; Maps in fascinating detail how the trees in Poplar have defined each of its contrasting epochs. Joe Shute, Sunday Telegraph; One of the best non-fiction books about London. Bob Gilbert's gifted style of writing [and] simple, clear but hilarious storytelling helps to make this secret life of trees an unlikely page-turner. The Londonist

Book Information

ISBN: 9781912235575
Publication date: 2nd April 2020
Author: Bob Gilbert
Publisher: Saraband
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 350 pages
Categories: Trees, wildflowers & plants,

About Bob Gilbert

Bob Gilbert is the author of The Green London Way (Lawrence & Wishart, 2012) and has written a column for Ham & High on urban wildlife for the last twenty years. A regular 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.

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