New Nature Books and Maps

Getting outdoors amongst nature has never felt so important. Fresh ideas for the daily walk or bike ride come in the form of A London Floral, a new map of London that includes over 80 destinations for flower lovers. Of course some of these are currently closed – florist’s and museum’s for instance – but plenty remain open. Circle those you’ve never been to, and get on your bike. On our list is the thyme carpet (who knew?) in the sunken herb garden at Cannizero Park in Wimbledon, and a trip to see the bank of tree peonies that flower in April/May at Cleary Garden in the City. The maps have been created by Natasha Goodfellow, writer and plant lover, with illustrations by Clover Robin. £8.50 with free shipping here.

Another new nature guide is The Wild Journal from florist Willow Crossley that’s full of good ideas laid out by season. Find practical green-fingered tips like how to plant spring bulb baskets or a recipe for elderflower cordial, as well as more holistic thoughts on wellbeing. It might just be time to try new things like getting an energy fix with 5 minutes singing, or looking at cloudscapes or moon bathing at night. It feels just right for now and there are gaps for you to write your own findings too. The Wild Journal: A Year of Nurturing Yourself Through Nature by Willow Crossley, £10.99 at willowcrossley.com.

We are delighted to have three copies of Willow’s book to give away. Enter our competition via the form below:

— Daisy Allsup
22nd April 2020