The Green London Way: Walking the City's History and Wildlife

The Green London Way: Walking the City's History and Wildlife

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By (author) Bob Gilbert

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  • Publisher: Lawrence & Wishart Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 217 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 233mm x 9mm | 432g
  • Publication date: 29 March 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1907103457
  • ISBN 13: 9781907103452
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: maps
  • Sales rank: 396,398

Product description

The Green London Way is an alternative approach to the exploration of London. The book describes a hundred mile walk circling the capital, but, uniquely, also offers insightful histories of London's people and a commentary on its abundant local wildlife. The walk, divided into manageable sections, each with maps by Graham Scrivener (the 'urban Wainwright'), traverses London's tow paths, woodlands and commons, examining links between local human history and the landscape on which it is founded. This updated version of the text also incorporates discussion of the rapid developments in London in the past twenty years, analysing the features which have recently changed the face of the city. Bob Gilbert provides a wealth of information about the plant and animal life of London, including some surprising instances of rare species. In terms of wildlife, landscape and history, The Green London Way is full of discoveries for any walker or reader, and provides a new awareness of Greater London.

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Author information

Bob Gilbert is a long-standing campaigner for the protection of urban open spaces and public access. A pioneer of inner city conservation, his varied career has also ranged from stand-up comedian to Director of Sustainability at a London local authority. Now living with his family in the East End, he continues to write widely on green issues and has an especial interest in urban ecology and the wildlife of London.

Review quote

'Bob Gilbert successfully charts a network of green veins to feed and sustain the city's poisoned sleep. To follow the narrative circuit of his walk should, miraculously, transport us to a more human expenditure of time.' Ian Sinclair

Table of contents

CONTENTS Acknowledgements List of Maps Sources Introduction to the New Edition The Green London Way: An Overview Walk 1: Stratford to North Woolwich Walk 2: Abbey Wood and Shooters Hill Walk 3: Woolwich to Greenwich Walk 4: Greenwich to Forest Hill Walk 5: Forest Hill to Crystal Palace Walk 6: Crystal Palace to Balham Walk 7: Balham to Wimbledon Walk 8: Wimbledon to Richmond Walk 9: Richmond to Kew Bridge Walk 10: Kew Bridge to Hanwell Walk 11: Hanwell to Greenford Walk 12: Greenford to South Kenton Walk 13: South Kenton to Brent Cross Walk 14: Brent Cross to Hampstead Walk 15: Hampstead to Finsbury Park Walk 16: Finsbury Park to Clapton Walk 17: Clapton to Victoria Park Walk 18: Victoria Park to Stratford Index