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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Monday 10 August 2015

HMP A Survival Guide

This is the essential survival guide to the UK's prison system, written by an anonymous ex inmate. This witty, detailed guide, provides useful wing-wise info for prospective inmates and interesting reading for the rest of us.
.. oh and he is rumoured to be an ex infamous London graffer.

Sunday 22 March 2015

Bad Meaning Good

Here is the 1987 BBC film documenting early UK Hip hop culture.
Presented and produced by Tim Westwood.

Thursday 5 March 2015

Catford Corner, Summer 2013

I finally managed to find my pictures of the 'Wild Walker' spirit taken in 2013. 
The corner was originally one entrance to Catford dog track. It is cut off at either side by the train lines of Catford Station on the West and Catford Bridge Station and also the river Ravensbourne on the East.
Earlier that summer it was briefly home to a group of travelers before they were evicted by the owners of the land, the GLA. They sold the land to Barratt Homes who have since built luxury style apartments on the site.
 The spirit of the Lewisham Natureman appears on an old container at the far end, standing tall, head back and howling.

Friday 13 February 2015

Lewisham's Wild Walker spotted again in Ladywell SE13

Spotted him early last week from the top deck of the 185 and managed to catch these pictures on my phone.
Lewisham's deer spirit appears at the back of a fresh gap of land, where Ladywell Leisure Centre used to be.
He stands between two Silver Birch trees in the wildest corner of this young wild corner, where the ground was spared from the bulldozer and vegetation grows. 
His head is turned towards us.

Thursday 15 January 2015

Spy-hole found, SE14

I spotted this spyhole last week into the wild corner on Besson St. in New Cross. This is the same Wildcorner where the Wild Walker himself appeared a few summers previous. Is he still visible inside?  There is something there,.. but it is hard to make it out through the fish-eye lens of spy hole.