Started January 2010 [by Jack Thurgar]

This is a scrapbook dedicated to the study of London's weeds and the wild places where they grow. Wildcornerz also looks at the languages, cultures and mythologies that develop in these cracks.

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 capital 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 that runs through an urban landscape, which facilities the propagation and growth of weeds. This includes railway sidings, 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.

'Graf' 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.

Another 'weed' that historically flourishes in London 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.

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Friday 11 May 2012

'oUT oF bOROUGH' ; Lewisham Natureman sighting

While on another 'out of borough' field trip, following the River Lea towards the Olympic site, I passed underneath a fly over which facilitates this rather baron but heavily graffd up wildcorner.
 This type of corner is know to the local graff community and despite being away from the public eye, is a place where graff grows chaotically and larger, more elaborate species can be found. 
 He took me by surprise and I nearly missed him. Being out of Lewisham, I was not really looking for him plus he was hidden away from the view from the foot path. 
I went around the side for a closer peek and it was there to my delight, I saw a thin white leg disappearing behind one of the thick pillars. 
I followed it around and there he was, fully formed with long antlers, ghosting through the graff.
To my knowledge, this is his first sighting north of the river. 
But why does he appear here? Roughly seven miles from his homelands of Lewisham.