• The River Lea

  • Humans and nature

    "In this actual world there is then not much point in counter-posing or restating the great abstractions of Man and Nature. We have mixed our labour with the earth, our forces with its forces too deeply to be able to draw back and separate either out." - Raymond Williams (1980)
  • Favourate Quote:

    We end, I think, at what might be called the standard paradox of the twentieth century: our tools are better than we are, and grow better faster than we do. They suffice to crack the atom, to command the tides. But they do not suffice for the oldest task in human history: to live on a piece of land without spoiling it." - Aldo Leopold (1938)
  • Lea Valley and River Photos

    the greenway at plaistow station 2017

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    Lea Valley Navigation Walk

    Bracket fungus

    Edge of bracket fungus

    Silver Birch in April

    Pear blossom

    Dew on a white fritillary

    Snake's Head Fritillary close up

    Canoe Slalom 2017 Senior, U23 & Junior Team Selection Trials, Lee Valley White Water Centre

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The River Lea in Crisis: Suburban growth and Environmental Decline in the Lea Valley, 1855-1898

Here is an audio recording of a paper I presented at the American Society of Environmental History Conference in Tallahassee Florida.  The paper entitled: “The River Lea in Crisis: Suburban growth and Environmental Decline in the Lea Valley, 1855-1898” was a part of a panel called “Engineered Improvements and Unintended Consequences: Urban River Pollution and Water-Borne Disease in Three National Contexts, 1830-1940”.  For more audio recordings of conference papers (most of which focus on Canadian Environmental History), check here: http://niche-canada.org/audio-video

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