February 02, 2013

Wild London

This week I wrote a blog for the National Trust's 'Outdoor Nation' campaign about helping kids to connect with nature. The point I wanted to make was that nature isn't something that happens "over there"; it's not something you need to drive to, or watch amazing HD footage of on TV: it's right on our doorsteps, even in the heart of the city. And it's not all about the trophy animals, either: the peregrine falcons and orchids and pine martens – that kind of thinking leads, in my view, to a devaluing of the creatures we see every day around us.

I took this photo today of two kinds of lichen colonising the top of an old letterbox on the way to Tooting Common. How curious it is, and how wild ("self-willed"), and beautiful: