Last week, we got our hands on TfL's newly published Brixton Botanical Map published to coincide with ‘Things Held Fast’, a new public commission at Brixton Underground station by Australian artist Helen Johnson.
We're very proud to have been an indispensable resource to Helen and TfL when they were researching the map which is both beautiful and an important resource uncovering some of the lesser known botanical history around trees and horticulture.
The map features seven green spaces in and around Brixton, which detail the entwined histories of colonialism and botany, and signpost local community gardening initiatives. It also features a kid’s trail, a glossary which queries the common use of colonial and racist language in horticulture, a reading list and a list of additional local green spaces.
By unearthing sensitive histories, the Brixton Botanical Map highlights green spaces as sites of learning, loss and remembrance, but also of radical action and possibility.
Pick up your copy from Brixton Tube Station, Brixton Library, Brixton Windmill Centre, Brockwell Park Community Garden and the South London Botanical Institute.
You can also download a PDF from TfL here.
Picture Credit: Benedict Johnson
TreeTalk will be taking part in this Festival of Trees from 16-24 May 2020, celebrating trees in London and beyond.
The whole world may be in lockdown but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy and appreciate the value of trees, woodland and nature in our urban lives and with your help we will help people fall in love with their urban trees.