Bob Gilbert to be guest speaker at this year’s Friends of St George’s meeting

This year’s Friends of St George’s Gardens AGM will be on Thursday March 23, 7-9pm at the usual venue, Lumen Church, 88 Tavistock Place.

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This year’s speaker will be Bob Gilbert, urban ecologist and author of The Green London Way. You may have met him at last year’s Bloomsbury Festival leading a fascinating walk through the Gardens.

The Green London Way is a different way of looking at London: a walking route of over 110 miles encircling the city -and divided into 18 separate and easily manageable sections. More than just a walking route, however, it’s a journey through the city’s social and natural history and especially the lost stories of the people who live, or once lived, here. More than anything else, it provides a testament to the open spaces of London and to those who have struggled, over many generations, to preserve them.

Iain Sinclair on ‘The Green London Way’:

‘More than ever now, as edgeland becomes a value to be fought over, we need the sanity and the calm informative voice of walkers like Bob Gilbert. This is more than an elegy, it’s an inspiration: open your eyes, see what is there and not what you are told is there.’

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