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Ghost Trees Nature and People in a London Parish

By: Bob Gilbert(Author)
358 pages, no illustrations
Longlisted for the 2019 Wainwright Prize for UK nature and travel writing
Ghost Trees
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  • Ghost Trees ISBN: 9781912235278 Hardback Oct 2018 In stock
Price: £14.99
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The story of a city landscape told through its trees, both past and present. 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, and flecked with 'acts of defiance' against the brutalities of capitalism and urban planning, Ghost Trees captures the very spirit of one unique city community.

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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.

By: Bob Gilbert(Author)
358 pages, no illustrations
Longlisted for the 2019 Wainwright Prize for UK nature and travel writing
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"[...] This is the book for those that enjoy a mashed-potato mix of learned natural history, historical anecdotes and dry humour. [...] It’s a cliché to describe a great book published in time for December as the ideal stocking-fller, but the recipient of Ghost Trees may well feel a desire to tramp their own streets, like Gilbert, and observe trees for themselves. So the book will truly end up being, in a different way, a ‘stocking filler’."
– Angus Hanton, Living Woods Magazine 50, Winter 2018

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