Can a city be a forest? In London, 8.6 million people are crammed into just 600 square miles alongside 8.3 million trees, and millions of other plants, insects and animals. According to one UN definition, this makes the city a forest. The Forestry Commission agree, describing London as the world’s largest urban forest.
In London is a Forest, Paul Wood (author of the bestselling London’s Street Trees) takes us on six forest trails that lead from London’s edgelands to the centre. Along these paths, he explores the urban forest’s geography, looks at the remarkable variety of life supported in this unique metropolitan ecosystem, and reveals a wealth of arboreal details, history, legend and anecdotes.