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London’s Street Trees: A Field Guide to the Urban Forest

A fully revised edition of London’s Street Trees was published in April 2020
(It’s bigger and even better!)


My first book, ‘London’s Street Trees: A Field Guide to the Urban Forest’ was published in 2017.

208 pages of street tree descriptions, anecdotes and history, and of course, hundreds of photos! It’s a journey through the urban forest: the astonishing multiplicity of trees lining the capital’s streets, from 19th-century Plane trees on the Embankment painted by Monet to Giant Redwoods in Edgware and a Magnolia in front of the Cheesegrater. You’ll learn why there are Australian Bottlebrush trees in a street in Pimlico, and where are the finest avenues of cherry trees in south London, and see the ‘world city’ of London in an entirely new way.

I’m thrilled too that Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has written the Foreword.

You can order from all the usual places (including Amazon) plus the Natural History Book Service if you prefer small enterprises. I have a few signed copies for sale too, use the button below to order (sorry, UK only).

If you would like to place a trade order, you’ll need to speak to the publisher, Safe Haven Books.

“For someone like me who’s not a natural naturalist, the book reveals a previously unconsidered world situated just outside the front door, or at most only a bus ride away.”

Ian Jack, The Guardian

My second book, London is a Forest was published in May 2019, and I have signed copies available too.

Oh, and the cover shot? London Planes on Kennington Road of course!

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