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A Street Safari with Bob Gilbert

Bob Gilbert, Poplar Union, Ghost Trees, walking tour, East London, free walking tour, urban safari, nature, wildlife, things to do, free, Tower Hamlets
Bob Gilbert, Poplar Union, Ghost Trees, walking tour, East London, free walking tour, urban safari, nature, wildlife, things to do, free, Tower Hamlets

From park trees to pavement weeds, this walk explores the surprising diversity of wildlife to be found around the Poplar Union.

What to expect

Even in the heart of the city there is a surprising diversity of wildlife to be found in even the most unlikely settings. Join local author of ‘Ghost Trees’ Bob Gilbert in this guided walk exploring the local area, streets, park and towpath, uncovering the unexpected in the everyday; the ferns that grow on top of a wall, the spiders that live in the crevices of bark, the birds that nest in canal-side drains. From park trees to pavement weeds it also explores our relationship with living things; the names we have given them, the uses we have put them to and the stories we have attached to them.

About Bob Gilbert

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Bob Gilbert’s varied career has included stand-up comedian, community worker, Head of a residential field studies centre and Director of Sustainability at a London local authority. He has also travelled widely including walking glaciers in Kashmir and a solo journey by mule down the Dinder River in the Sudan. He has been a long-standing campaigner for inner city conservation, for the protection and improvement of urban open spaces and also served as chair of ‘The Garden Classroom’, a charity that promotes environmental education in London.

Bob’s new book ‘Ghost Trees’ is entirely set in Poplar and was published in October. His previous publications include ‘The Kings Cross Cut; A City Canal and its Community’, and ‘The Green London Way’, republished in 2012 in a completely revised edition. He has written extensively for newspapers and magazines and his column on urban wildlife has now been running continuously in a north London paper for over 20 years. His work on TV and Radio has included editions of The Natural World and The Food Programme and work as a presenter on Carlton Country.

Bob lives in Poplar with his family, a greyhound and several chickens.

Sun 12 May 2pm-3.30pm

Free

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