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My Garden, the City and Me: Rooftop Adventures in the Wilds of London Hardcover – June 8, 2011
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“Almost diarylike in style this insightful book might inspire you to start a rooftop garden of your own.”
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About the Author
She loves nature and she loves London and strives to combine a keen interest in environmental issues with a passion for the arts and writing in particular. She likes the idea of eco-culture. When she’s not writing, she goes to puppetry classes and rock and roll dance lessons and organizes free mixed arts nights called ‘Look Both Ways’ at a local pub.
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Just how much can be grown in such a tiny space? Well, it turns out to be quite a lot and Helen Babbs tells us about her triumphs and disasters. In between life on her rooftop garden, She tells us about the various community projects and initiatives she's discovered which take place in London. This is in complete contrast to the usual view of London as a faceless city, and shows there's thriving communities to be discovered if one only knows where to look.
This is the tale of one year's growing, told by the season, which turns out to be a life changing experience, not only in Helen's new form of transport (a bicycle), but also a career change into freelance writing.
At the end of the book there's Helen's selection of the best plants to grow, the best moments she's experienced, things to read and places to go which forms a useful reference section for readers (not just those based in London I'm sure) inspired to follow in Helen's footsteps.
My only criticism is the length of the book: it's far too short and I was left wanting far more than a mere 140 pages. Luckily Helen has secured regular freelance work with several magazines and newspapers so more shouldn't be too hard to find.
NB this review first appeared on Amazon.co.uk