‘Tales From the Trees’

‘Tales From the Trees’ Furzedown Community Network sponsored Zoom talk in association with 1000 Trees for Furzedown 


7.00 – 8.00 p.m. Wednesday 14th October 


Join author and broadcaster Bob Gilbert on a virtual walk to look at -and sometimes listen to- some of our commonest street trees, unravelling where they came from, how they got here and even how they reflect the social history of our times. We will also be hearing some of their hidden stories; the connection between the lime and love, the magical powers of the ash, the secret history of the Tree of Heaven, and how conkers won the First World War.’ 


This is a FREE talk. To register for the talk please send an email with your name to furzedown1000trees@outlook.com 


You will be sent a Zoom link to join the event a day or two before the event.  




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 books include ‘The Kings Cross Cut’, ‘The Green London Way’, (1991 and 2012) and ‘Ghost Trees’ (2018). 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 ‘The Sussuration of Trees’, ‘The Passion in Plants’, editions of The Natural World and The Food Programme, all for BBC Radio 4, and work as a presenter on Carlton Country.  His new book, provisionally entitled ‘The Missing Musk’, will be published by Sceptre in 2022. 


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


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