Started on 7th January 2010 [00.46]

This is a scrap book dedicated to the study of London's weeds and the wild places where they grow.

What is a Wildcorner?

A Wildcorner is a term referring to a gap that has been left to grow wild in the city. The term encompasses every wild piece of land no matter the size, from large disused sports grounds to small patches of commercial wasteland, to a crack in the pavement. As long as this gap in the man made landscape harbours some kind of weed, then it is considered a Wildcorner.

Wildcorners and Wildcorridors* are dotted all over the capitol and vary in content, depending on their location and history. One thing most have in common is that they are normally restricted in someway from public access or boarded off and hidden from public view altogether. In this blog we focus particularly on the Wildcorners of south east London.

* Wildcorridor; a word used to describe a channel or pathway made inside the metropolis that also facilities the propagation and growth of weeds. This includes railway sidings, wild rivers and canals.

Urban and Suburban Weeds

By the term 'weeds' we are of course referring to the cities wild plants and flowers. But their are also two other weeds that grow in the city.

'Graff' like its botanical relation, has many families and strains. Both of these weeds can often be found together, sharing many qualities including their adaptive nature and unregulated status. Both in many cases, originally entered and populated the city using the railway network.

London's third 'weed' is invisible and uses the tops of tower blocks to propagate. Pirate radio like its weed relatives, grows away from the public eye and is constantly adapting to exploit these same gaps across the cities FM radio spectrum, fighting and flourishing in-between the commercial stations.

This scrapbook also encompasses the languages, cultures, legends and folk tales that grow in and from the wild places of London.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Classic radio cypher from North London Mc's

 These bars come from some of the cream of Londons underground Uk hip hop scene, back at the high tide mark of the movement, know as 'the golden age.'

Monday, 23 January 2012

.. and disappears the next day

  The next day I passed by the corner again, while on the way to St Alfege's in Greenwich. When I peered through the hole in the gate, I couldn't believe what i didn't see.
Not a trace.

Friday, 20 January 2012

The spirit of the wild appears again

In a wildcorner of comercial wasteland on Lee High Road in Lewisham.
I saw it through the hole in the iron gate and had to get in there to take a closer look.
The corner is boarder off from the street but is accessible by our friend the river Quaggy.
It was night time and the pictures came out very dark, so i have tried to bring out the brightness and the colours in photoshop. The Stag appear to be strangely translucent and walking or trotting, in a space inside the wall.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

When a Corridor Connects a Corner - SE13

A wildcorner off Lee High road in Lewisham. Only accessible by a wild corridor that is the River Quaggy. Here are some pictures of a new painting found on a wall there.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

New Lewisham Natureman sightings

The Lewisham Natureman; Appearing again as the white stag, quietly drinking from the Ravensbourne underneath the train bridge at Lewisham station. It is the point of the river where it meets the river Quaggy and becomes the Creek, further down stream. This spirit is said to walk the wild corridors of the borough and rest and feed in its wild corners. Appearing from the graff and the wildness of this urban river.