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Urban nature in London, what I saw on my trip

After a few months publishing only answers to your questions and comments, I will post again to tell you a little about what I saw of urban nature in London: gardens, immense parks, green spaces in any corner, orchards … One more article about urban nature around of the world   in Agrohuerto!

I hope you like it

London, the green big city

London is one of the great cities with the most green spaces on the planet . If you have visited it, you will know that you do not have to walk far to find a green area … they are everywhere!

There are some very large parks, the best known and visited by tourists due to their location, such as Green Park and St. James Park (which surround Buckingham Palace),  Hyde Park (in the city center and very close to the two previous ones, is where the famous Winter Wonderland, the great London Christmas market, is installed , Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill (near Camden), Holland Park

But if you think that’s it when it comes to green space in London, you are very wrong… there are many more huge but less well known parks in London, plus dozens of small parks and gardens in every neighborhood.

Richmond Park , to the southwest of the city, is the largest urban park in Europe and is known above all for its herds of deer and fallow deer – there are more than 600 specimens that live freely in this park which is also a national nature reserve .

Others such as Hampstead Heath, Greenwich Park, London Fields, Kennington Park, Victoria Park, Wormwood Scrubs, Battersea Park, Queen’s Park, and a long etcetera make this city one of the greenest cities in the world and offer us the possibility of enjoy picnics, barbecues, wonderful sunsets, team sports and outdoor games in the middle of nature, bike rides …

As you can imagine, such a large amount of green spaces throughout the city also brings wildlife with it . We can find dozens of squirrels if we just take a little look in any of its parks or gardens, peacocks , swans , ducks and other birds around the lakes and ponds, we can even see foxes walking freely down any street in the middle of the city. pedestrian … amazing!

So that you can see that it is true, here I leave you photos that I took in some of the best-known parks in London (well … the one of the fox walking in front of the house of the British Prime Minister is not mine. Although I saw foxes many nights, they are not easy to to photograph).

More urban nature in London

But in London there are not only large parks and forests, we can find nature in every corner, in every square, at every door, in the courtyards of private homes or in public spaces such as libraries, shopping centers or schools . Even… in cemeteries! Yes, I have said cemeteries, the ” Magnificent Seven are seven cemeteries built in the nineteenth century that, due to their beauty and charm, are visited by many of the tourists and curious who pass through London. Its gardens and forests are maintained with the same care and dedication as any other green leisure space in the city.

Small gardens with shrubs, flowers or aromatics, urban gardens , community gardens , vertical gardens … I saw a lot of types of agriculture and urban nature in London.

One of the days that I took the camera out for a walk, I left the house (in Queen’s Park) and headed towards Shepherd Bush. Covering just over a km around I found a lot of green areas, parks and orchards. I can show you, first of all, one of my favorite places in the area where I lived, the Kilburn Library garden .

More things … these small gardens in front of some houses that I was finding:

Or also this garden at the St. Charles Health and Wellbeing Center hospital :

Finally, at the end of my walk, I reached the Westfield Mall where my camera battery died and I thought my urban farming session was over. But London never ceases to amaze you … and it always has some nature to show you anywhere .. There, on one of the terraces of the shopping center, I found this vertical garden (the photo is taken with the mobile so the quality is not magnificent, but I hope you like it):

Well … the truth is that I think it is better to leave the rest for another day, since I still have many things in the pipeline, especially what I saw: urban gardens in London , community gardens , the Open Garden Squares Weekend , initiatives and social organizations related to Urban Agriculture

I leave it for future posts, I hope you liked this one! Do not stop rating, commenting, and, if you want to publicize orchards or nature experiences in your cities, you can tell us by leaving a comment and we will publish a post telling everything!

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