Artemis staff enjoyed an educational trip into London this month to meet up with Paul Wood, author of “London’s Street Trees: A Field Guide to the Urban Forest”. Paul led us on a walking tour around the City of London looking at assorted interesting and unique trees. All of our team, office staff and arborists alike, learnt something new from Paul who has a vast knowledge of London’s street trees.
Our amble took us from various green spaces and city streets, to the heart of legal London and the lush Inner Temple Garden. The garden is only open to the public for an hour or two on weekdays so it was a treat to get access to the garden and its selection of fascinating specimens including a fabulous tulip tree, a majestic Atlas cedar and an outstanding spreading Manchurian Walnut tree.
Incorporating aspects of the history of the City of London, environmental considerations and diversity of trees on our doorsteps, Paul shared his in-depth knowledge of urban trees with us, helping us to see the city streets in a new light.
Paul has a lifelong interest in trees and his passion now occupies much of his time. In between speaking at conferences and running organised tree walks, Paul is also a founder of the Urban Tree Festival and a Patron of Street Trees for Living. Paul is the author of “London is a Forest” and “London Tree Walks” if you would like to try out a version of our walking tree hunt for yourself.