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Urban Ecology and Undergrowth Walk to SoilFood Fete

29th July 2023 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm


Urban Ecology and Undergrowth Walk 2 for SoilFood Fete

Meeting from 10.30 am for 11 am start at Dawson Heights Nature Reserve Dawson’s Hill SE22 0HB (with InspiralLondon Artists and colleagues) Rachel Gomme, Charlie Fox, Sarah Sparkes and J D Swann on a short but spectacular walk that follows the InspiralLondon Trail down and through Camberwell Old Cemetery towards Peckham Rye Common.

This is our meeting point on Dunstans Road – open entrance to Nature Reserve. We will have time to explore and do some foraging. Please remember to bring water and picnic for our final destination at tiny forest on the Common.


Transport: From Peckham Rye Train Station you can take buses 363 and 63 to Dunstans Road Stp WR or from East Dulwich Station up Lordship Lane to Upland Road take bus P13, 176, 185, 312 –  or 40 to Quorn Road Stop L. As Saturday 29th July is a train strike day – we will provide a way for anyone coming late to find us (note this is  a short walk down Donkey Alley toward Underhill Road entrance to Camberwell Old Cemetery, where we will stop to talk – we will be at this spot until 11.45 am). Note buses: 176, 185, 312 go up Lordship Lane to near Dunstans Road.

This walk is inspired by the green interspaces and diversity of plants that grow in the untendered cracks and open spaces that lie beneath our feet. The undergrowth that grows between the paving stones, the plants that colonise the spaces around street trees, self seeded trees and shrubs.

This is a short accessible walk that visits the green space of Dawson Heights, the nature reserve in Camberwell Old Cemetery and the tiny forest at Peckham Rye. With unrivalled views of the city we follow inspirallondon trail and its hidden geometry. To ask what lies beneath our feet and celebrate all kinds of over and undergrowth.

We will finish the walk at Peckham Rye Common’s Tiny Forest for the SoilFood Fete (All Welcome)

Inspired by William Blake’s visions we then offer a shared picnic with all walkers and participants. During the SoilFood feast a series of entertainments inspired by alternative natural sciences, the visionary and experimental, we celebrate through the imaginal the beauty, diversity and variety of the City’s green spaces. Please bring picnic – food and drink to share if you can and want to stay to enjoy the entertainments)


Remember to come prepared for the weather, bring water etc. We will provide some light refreshments.

SoilFood is part of InspiralLondon’s project to explore and share in an ongoing on the ground mapping of the Metropole London. in encouraging everyone to walk the 350 mile spiral trail we offer a simple shared space in walking together and apart:  for experiencing, mapping and dwelling in our city; particularly in thinking of what lies hidden, unrecognised, this diverse life beneath our feet as we walk the trail together. See inspirallondon.com



29th July 2023
10:30 am - 12:30 pm


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Dawson’s Heights Nature Reserve
Dunstan's Road
East Dulwich, London, SE22 United Kingdom
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