July 16, 2011

Untamed London: a Herb Lester map

My copy of Herb Lester's wonderful 'Untamed London' map has arrived! Subtitled 'Where nature still runs wild in the big city', it's a wonderful evocation of the city that exists in my mind almost more clearly than the one with the usual landmarks like Oxford Street and Tower Bridge. On a practical level, it's a great guide to getting out and seeing some wildlife in London, and it's also a beautifully designed work of art in its own right.

Produced in association with one of my favourite websites, Caught By The River, I'm proud to say that I contributed some locations to the map. Regular readers of this blog will know all about Palace Road Nature Garden; 'Untamed London' also features Tooting Common and Happy Valley in Coulsden, with its dormice and orchids and skylarks.

There are 82 locations in all, dotted all over the city. It really brings home what a wild place we Londoners live in, and how lucky we are to be so surrounded by nature. Order your copy for only £4 by clicking here.