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Ghost Trees: Nature and People in a London Parish

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Even in the brick and concrete heart of our cities, nature finds a way. Birds and mammals, insects, plants and trees they all manage to thrive in the urban jungle, and Bob Gilbert is their champion and their chronicler.
He explores the hidden wildlife of the inner city and its edgelands, finding unexpected beauty in the cracks and crannies, and uncovering the deep and esse
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Hardcover, 358 pages
Published October 18th 2018 by Saraband
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Paul
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
When you think of wild landscapes the images of great African Plains, or rainforest canopies spring to mind. These are often seen on the fantastic television programmes that the BBC and others produce for us. But the wild landscape is all around us if you know where and when to look. Even in the centre of London, which has lots of trees and parkland, there is wildlife all around. However, the parish of Poplar is not necessarily the first one that springs to mind when you do think of wilderness, ...more
Terrence Gladstone
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bob Gilbert’’s wife is a vicar in Poplar in the East End and he himself has worked with parks and gardens. Poplar is not the sort of area you associate with natural beauty: part of it is very rundown and some has been developed as part of Docklands. As Bob points out within parish there is both the second most deprived area in London, and also one of the wealthiest areas in the world. It is all the more surprising that he writes about the wealth of natural history there, particularly trees, but ...more
Mark Kinver
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed the journey around Poplar. I was an enthusiastic companion for the natural history and observations. I dragged my feet a little when the social history aspects were being shared. Nonetheless, it was a lovely journey and one that I am glad to have made.
Mike Newman
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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It's fair to say that I've never coped well with nature. As a child of a New Town, my forays into nature weren't manifold. A tentative attempt to help my grandad in his steeply sloped Worcestershire garden usually ended up with him frustrated and me distraught, and school trips to local beauty spots were fraught with hazards both real and imagined. Wasp stings, insect bites, nettle rash - I dreaded them all and avoided them at all costs. It has been a real surprise then to find myself, in recent ...more
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