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The Wood That Built London: Peckham

Wildlife-friendly horticulture ought to be the rule, not the exception, in public spaces. Every park could contain at least one area of wildflower meadow. Road verges should be mown, and trees and hedges pruned, only in the appropriate season. The LWT’s Wildlife Garden Centre in Peckham encourages the promotion of biodiversity in private gardens; nature is not just located somewhere ‘out there’, which we visit by car, but is all around us, including our own back yards. If we are going to live in harmony with the natural world – and our very survival depends upon it – we, as individuals, businesses and local authorities, need to liberate ourselves from the impulse to impose order on every aspect of our surroundings, and let the ‘weeds’ flourish in our lawns and pavements, road verges and roundabouts. They are not a sign of neglect or decay, but of vigorous life.

From The Wood That Built London by C.J. Schüler

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C.J. Schüler

C.J. Schüler