The Tarot Garden: Life lessons at “a small Eden where man and nature meet” along Tuscany’s coast

Tarot decks come in all shapes, sizes, and artistic interpretations. Traditionally a deck of cards, one such artist took the art of tarot a step towards new heights by creating the Tarot Garden – featuring huge, colourful steel sculptures representing the major arcana. French artist Niki de Saint de Phalle realised her passion for the tarot by creating beautiful sculptures depicting the 22 Major Arcana of the … Continue reading The Tarot Garden: Life lessons at “a small Eden where man and nature meet” along Tuscany’s coast

CopenHill: Waste plant to become a Copenhagen tourist spot with rooftop entertainment park

An artificial ski slope and recreational hiking area built on top of a new waste management centre is due to open this Autumn in Copenhagen. With a 278-foot-high artificial climbing wall, a 600-meter ski slope full-service restaurant, and an après-ski bar surrounded by tree-lined hiking trails, Amager Bakke, otherwise known as CopenHill, is set to be both an entertainment space as well as a waste-to-energy plant. The new power … Continue reading CopenHill: Waste plant to become a Copenhagen tourist spot with rooftop entertainment park

Winkworth Arboretum: Walks, wilderness, wetlands and tree magic in Godalming, Surrey

The importance of trees to the planet and one’s life can not be underestimated – they reduce CO2, can reduce flooding, offer homes and spaces some much needed protection, clean the air for everyone, and can reduce stress. One man who passionately valued trees and honoured their presence was Dr Wilfrid Fox, a physician turned horticulturalist, who not only pioneered a movement, Roads Beautifying Association, to … Continue reading Winkworth Arboretum: Walks, wilderness, wetlands and tree magic in Godalming, Surrey

Urban Nature Trail: Parkland Walk northside from Alexandra Palace to Highgate

London’s longest nature reserve, Parkland Walk, follows the route of the railway line from another era that used to run between Finsbury Park and Alexandra Palace. What stands today is a tranquil path featuring urban nature in its wildest, unadulterated and intriguing form. Many people walk the four-and-a-half mile stretch that is Parkland Walk – including both northside and southside – as a whole. I however decided to break it … Continue reading Urban Nature Trail: Parkland Walk northside from Alexandra Palace to Highgate

Book Review: The London Compendium by Ed Glinert

London is certainly one of the most “colourful” cities in the world, and one of the oldest. It owes its colour to both its rich past and present. Weighing in on that colourful past and present is Ed Glinert, a Londoner “who has walked the city from Limehouse to Lambeth, Whitehall to Whitechapel, unravelling its mysteries along the way”. The London Compendium: A street-by-street exploration … Continue reading Book Review: The London Compendium by Ed Glinert

Plastic fishing in Amsterdam with Plastic Whale

Plastic Whale is making a ride along Amsterdam’s canals all the more worthwhile and purposeful by encouraging boat riders to come and enjoy plastic fishing in an effort to clean up the city’s waterways. A two-hour outing, Plastic Whale takes visitors out on a tour of the city’s infamous canals while fishing for plastic. Volunteers go “plastic fishing” with nets and collect the garbage from the canals before … Continue reading Plastic fishing in Amsterdam with Plastic Whale

Urban Nature Trails: Morden Hall Park, South London

Morden may commonly be referred to as “the stop where the Northern Line ends”, but the suburb also happens to host one of south London’s best kept green secrets – Morden Hall Park. A National Trust-run park, Morden Hall Park gives visitors a taster of days gone by in the here-and-now. A former deer park, it too has retained its agricultural and industrial history preserving … Continue reading Urban Nature Trails: Morden Hall Park, South London

New River Walk: A short but charming leafy walk through Islington’s Canonbury

What’s particularly fascinating about central London is that while it’s both busy and heavily built up, the city has lots of small strips of nature bursting at the seams. North London’s Islington, located in central London and close to the City of London, has many examples of this – in the form of squares, parks, even its own woodland and nature reserve, and New River … Continue reading New River Walk: A short but charming leafy walk through Islington’s Canonbury

Canalside Treks: Grand Union Canal through London’s Kensal Green to Paddington

Regent’s Canal is London’s most well known canal route and possibly the busiest with passengers on foot, cyclists and boaters alike, but if you venture further westside and into north-west London, you meet the Grand Union Canal. The longest canal in the UK at 137 miles, Grand Union Canal links London to Birmingham – from the vibrant west of London, it leads out into the … Continue reading Canalside Treks: Grand Union Canal through London’s Kensal Green to Paddington

Barnsbury Wood: London’s smallest nature reserve and Islington’s hidden gem

Whether you are new to London, live in London or are visiting London, the city has a glorious box of delights to discover when it comes to greenery and open spaces. Granted, you do have to travel further out, towards the suburbs, to enjoy a wider expanse of nature, but Zone 1 too has its highlights, albeit small ones. North London’s Islington, an area within … Continue reading Barnsbury Wood: London’s smallest nature reserve and Islington’s hidden gem